Congratulations to all those who won nomination and thanks to every candidate who stood for nomination. Public service as an elected official is a much and unfairly maligned duty that few citizens are willing to take on - the fact that such an impressive field of candidates offered themselves to Vision voters is a good sign for politics in Vancouver - and the November city election.
I would also like to thank everyone who contacted me or commented positively on my recommendations for Vision candidates for council, school and park board. It appears this morning that 14 of the 16 candidates I supported have won nomination.
Lastly, I especially am pleased to see that Sharon Gregson has been nominated to run for Vision on the Vancouver School Board, where she was the party's only incumbent trustee. It shows that her hard work, dedication to kids and parents and expertise in both education and child care issues were more important to Vision members than unfortunate controversy about her personal hobby.
Here are the results:
City council - 8 to nominate
George Chow, Heather Deal, Raymond Louie, Tim Stevenson, Kerry Jang, Geoff Meggs, Andrea Reimer, and Kashmir Dhaliwal
[Note - Just 17 votes separated Kashmir Dhaliwal and David Eby for the eighth spot on council.]
School Board - 4 to nominate
Sharon Gregson, Patti Bacchus, Kenneth Clement, and Mike Lombardi.
[Note - Ken Clement took the fourth spot by eight votes over Stepan Vdovine in fifth place.]
Park Board - 4 to nominate
Constance Barnes, Aaron Jasper, Sarah Blyth, and Raj Hundal.
Raw results from Vision Vancouver in alphabetical order
City Council Results - Top eight are candidates are candidates in November
Adams Kolber Vaune 1031
Bencze Doug 724
Chow George 3248
Deal Heather 3704
Dewberry Andrew 762
Dhaliwal Kashmir 2240
Douzenis Demitri 1094
Eby David 2223
Evans Catherine 1717
Harrison Heather 2034
Jang Kerry 2387
Lam Ray 1127
Louie Raymond 3746
Meggs Geoff 2851
Reimer Andrea 2988
Stevenson Tim 3271
Umlas Rey 1217
School Board Results - Top four are candidates in November
Bacchus Patti 2053
Chhina Narinder 1881
Clement Kenneth 1962
Gregson Sharon E. 2969
Lombardi Mike 2177
Luke Helesia 1846
Mirras Anastasia 1574
Vdovine Stepan 1954
Park Board Results - Top four are candidates in November
Barnes Constance 2242
Blyth Sarah 2602
Ditmars Hadani 834
Gill James 1261
Hundal Raj 1963
Jasper Aaron 1999
Kosovic Tony 1453
Lockhart Thomas 389
Neilson Kevin 788
Tannock Steven 368
Waddell Ian 1738
Wynen Rob 983
UPDATE September 23, 2008
The Vision Vancouver recount of ballots has confirmed the original results from Saturday night.
Here is Vision Vancouver's news release of this morning:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
VISION TEAM IN PLACE WITH NOMINATION RECOUNT COMPLETE
(VANCOUVER) Vision Vancouver announced the results of their nomination recount today, with Ross Street Temple President Kashmir Dhaliwal winning a council spot, and community activist Ken Clement securing a place on the Vision school board slate. The recount took place Monday night.
"I'm thrilled with the talent of the Vision team," said Vision Mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson. "Kashmir and Ken bring the skills that we need in civic government: community leadership, a commitment to inclusivity, and a desire to focus on issues, not partisan politics. It's great to have them on board, and with our team in place, I'm looking forward to the election in November."
"The Vision team is diverse, talented, and experienced, and stands in sharp contrast to the NPA's handpicked slate," said Vision Vancouver co-chair Mike Magee. "The excitement and energy from our nomination race demonstrated just how much momentum Vision has. The fact that the nomination races were close enough to warrant two recounts reflects that."
Both Kashmir Dhaliwal and Ken Clement reiterated the need for community engagement and a culture of inclusivity in civic government.
"I'm excited to be working with Gregor Robertson and Vision to help bring inclusive leadership back to City Hall," said Dhaliwal. "For too long, the NPA have ignored different communities around the city - and it's time for that to change. Gregor shares my commitment to building bridges with different communities, and that's why it's so important that he becomes Mayor."
"When it comes to respecting cultural diversity - a critical issue in our schools and at City Hall - Gregor gets it," said Clement. "It's reflected in the balanced team Vision has. I'm proud to be working with Gregor and excited about the positive, progressive choice we'll be offering to Vancouver voters in November."
David Eby, who finished 9th in the recount for council, congratulated Kashmir on the campaign.
"I'd like to extend warm congratulations to Kashmir on a hard-fought nomination," said Eby. "I've got a lot of respect for the work that he's done, and he's a big asset to the Vision team. They are well-placed to take back City Hall, and get down to work on the most urgent issues in our city: homelessness and affordable housing. Gregor and the Vision team have my full support."