I’m tired and it’s been a long day. I spent 12 hours scrutineering at Renfrew Community Centre, ensuring that Vision got its supporters to the polls. I hope it isn’t a reflection of my hard work, but Suzanne Anton received 50 more votes than Gregor in my poll – which had me freaked out on my bike ride home because I was worried it was going to be a trend across the city. It didn’t help that when I got home the initial results had Anton in the lead.
But now that the results are all in, I’m extremely happy. Gregor beat Anton by a sizable margin, every Vision candidate won, and city council is dominated by environmentally friendly councillors. Now we can focus on 3 more years of bike lanes, food carts, and green initiatives.
My random thoughts on…
The end result is pretty close to my endorsed slate, which I didn’t actually vote for. I debated for a long time what do to with my 10th council vote (between Affleck, Garossino, and Carr) and ended up voting for Carr. I’m happy that she won, but would have been happier with Ellen Woodsworth, who finished in 11th. The biggest disappointment for me is RJ Aquino. RJ’s response to not being elected “At least now I know I’ll have time to play Skyrim”. I wanted to see what he could do on council.
Shifts in Support
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For Mayor, I’ll be voting for Gregor Robertson of Vision Vancouver.
For council, my votes in order of preference:
- Andrea Reimer (Vision) – cool, environmentalist, leading Greenest City initiative
- Geoff Meggs (Vision) – transportation guru, supportive of bike lanes
- Heather Deal (Vision) – DSF scientist, lead food cart initiative
- RJ Aquino (COPE) – young, hip, engaged
- Kerry Jang (Vision) – medical health professor, lead push for homeless shelters
- Ellen Woodsworth (COPE) – advocate for affordable housing and social justice
- George Affleck (NPA) – former Modo chair and cycling supporter
- Raymond Louie (Vison) – smart, articulate
- Tony Tang (Vision) – he’s the man(g)
- Tim Stevenson (Vision) – experienced
My thoughts on other candidates I considered voting for:
- Sean Bickerton (NPA) – I like him, he’s a smart guy, he’s willing to debate on twitter, just a bit misguided on cycling issues.
- Tim Louis (COPE) – only COPE candidate I’m not voting for. Not impressed with his combative style.
- Adriane Carr (Green) – I love the Green party, but very disappointed in Carr – she proposed bike-free streets and had the worst answers at Last Candidate Standing. I don’t think she understands urban issues at all.
- Sandy Garossino – I like that she is talking about affordable housing, but not sure where she stands on other issues. Plus stopping foreign ownership is borderline xenophobic.
- Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Vancouver (NSV) – Too much NIMBY-ism. Stopping all housing development will not make Vancouver affordable.
For School Board and Parks Board I’ll be voting for the Vision/COPE slate.