Vancouver politician Sam Sullivan considers joining race for next B.C. Liberal leader

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      The man who defeated future B.C. premier Christy Clark in a Vancouver municipal nomination is thinking about taking over her former job.

      Sam Sullivan says he is considering the idea of joining the contest to become the next leader of the B.C. Liberal Party.

      “If I do this, it will be a campaign of ideas,” Sullivan told the Straight in a phone interview Wednesday (August 23).

      Clark quit as party leader and representative for Kelowna West after her government was toppled by the B.C. NDP and Green Party of B.C.

      The resignation of Clark as leader of the B.C. Liberal leader took effect on August 4.

      In 2005, Sullivan denied Clark the chance to run for mayor of Vancouver under the Non-Partisan Association in that year.

      Sullivan served as Vancouver mayor from 2005 to 2008. He was also a city councillor from 1993 to 2002.

      Sullivan won his second term as B.C. Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek in the May 9 provincial election.

      Poll results released the other day by Insights West show that Sullivan is popular among British Columbians.

      Sullivan placed second only to former Surrey mayor and now South Surrey-White Rock MP Dianne Watts in favourability ratings.

      “People have looked at that and called me,” Sullivan said about the Insights West survey. “I don’t actually put much stock in these polls, but still, it’s given people reasons to contact me.”

      Sullivan said he’ll decide on his next move mid-September.