Sunday, June 08, 2008
Councilor Peter Ladner beats Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan for NPA nomination in upset victory
Vancouver city Councilor Peter Ladner has pulled off a stunning upset victory over incumbent Mayor Sam Sullivan to win the Non-Partisan Association nomination for mayor in November 2008.
Ladner received 1066 votes to Sullivan's 986, ending a tumultous and at times very bitter battle over who should be the NPA's mayoralty candidate.
It is believed to be the first time in Vancouver political history that an incumbent mayor has lost his own party's nomination.
Ladner used increasingly tough language against Sullivan in the closing days of the campaign, telling CKNW AM 980 listeners in a debate on the Christy Clark Show that "Sam Sullivan can't win" in the Vancouver municipal election.
Sullivan responded that he had the support of all the other NPA city councilors and most other NPA elected officials.
Sullivan said the same thing in an earlier CBC radio debate: "“Councillor Ladner has no one. Every single NPA councillor who sits with [him and me] at the caucus table every week, who knows our style, has endorsed me, and said that I am the one to lead them into the next election.”
But Sunday afternoon it became apparent that the mayor didn't have enough support amongst the most important group of all - the membership of the NPA.
The NPA will have a challenging 6 months ahead with a mayor who can't run for his own party for re-election and a mayoralty candidate on council who was not supported by any of his colleagues.
And the NPA faces two separate polls released by both mayoralty candidates that showed Vision Vancouver and potential nominee Gregor Robertson would beat either of them in a November vote.