NPA board appoints former police officer Fred Harding as its new mayoral candidate

Harding ran for the top job in 2018 with Vancouver 1st, coming in sixth in a crowded field

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      Vancouver's oldest civic political party has a new standard-bearer in the October 15 election.

      Today, the Non-Partisan Association revealed that its mayoral candidate is Fred Harding, a former West Vancouver police officer.

      Harding spoke to the media outside the Roxy cabaret, which is below a rooming house on Granville Street where a machete-wielding man attacked four people on August 6.

      Harding is a fill-in for park commissioner John Coupar, who withdrew from the mayoral race as the NPA candidate earlier this month.

      In 2018, Harding ran for mayor with Vancouver 1st, coming in sixth, ending up with 5,640 votes.

      The winner, Kennedy Stewart, attracted 49,705 votes, with second-place finisher Ken Sim receiving 48,748 votes.

      In that campaign, Harding created some waves by promising to fight the B.C. government's support for sexual-orientation and gender-identity (SOGI) education in public schools.

      Meanwhile, Business in Vancouver contributor Bob Mackin recently reported that Harding's now-deactivated Twitter account referred to him as a "Beijing businessman".

      Harding speaks Mandarin and is married to singer Zhang Mi.

      According to a Star News story, the Manchester-born former police officer founded the Beijing chamber of commerce and married Zhang a year before the 2018 election.