NPA to hold early candidate nominations in November

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npa-logoJust when you thought they were cryogenically frozen only to be reawakened after Armageddon, Vancouver's NPA might be getting its mojo back just in time for the 2011 election.

The Grand Ol' Association has just announced that they are holding a first round of candidate nominations this November, one-year out from the 2011 civic election. The NPA have just released the following:

The NPA Board of Directors announced today that it will hold early nominations for NPA candidates for the three levels of civic government:

  • Vancouver City Council,
  • Vancouver School Board and
  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

Nominations for candidates will be held on November 20, 2010 with a second set of nominations to be held in the spring of 2011.

“We are hearing a growing level of frustration from residents and businesses with the current administration,” says NPA President Michael Davis. “Policies like homeless shelters for chickens could be driving some of that. The Park Board budget has been gutted by Council and Vancouver kids will be feeling the affects of that all summer long. Meanwhile the Vancouver School Board seems intent on waging a very loud war with the province. The kids will end up suffering for that too. We need candidates in place who can speak to these issues.”

The NPA early nomination will happen one year out from the next municipal election in Vancouver.

The NPA board will announce the number of candidate positions that will be decided in November and the rules for the nomination process in September 2010.

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The Non-Partisan Association (NPA) is an independent organization made up of citizens who live, work, own businesses or properties in the City of Vancouver. One of Canada's longest established political organizations, the NPA has been nominating candidates for Vancouver City Council, Park Board and School Board since 1937.

For more information, please contact:
Michael Davis, NPA President

So there you have it. The NPA has also put another little idea on the table – a name change to be voted on next Tuesday, June 29th at the Vancouver Museum/Planetarium in Kits Point. Hmm, not so sure about that one.

I've already weighed in on my thoughts about the NPA name subject. It's just Vancouver NPA, thank you very much. The funny thing about those three little letters that no one can deny, is that they're worth about 40,000 votes. That's not the kind of advantage one easily tosses aside.

I'm sure it will be a good debate nonetheless, and good for the organization for at least having the membership weigh in. The details for the NPA General Meeting are as follows:

When: Tuesday, 29 June 2010, registration at 6, PM, meeting start 6:30
Where: Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC (see map)

- post by Mike

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