Many of these candidates will be tasked with rebuilding the civic NPA
In a matter of hours the deadline for anyone wanting to run as an NPA candidate will have come and gone. If you are interested in running with Canada’s longstanding civic party for a council, school or park board position – time is running out.
A number of media I spoke to over the last week have been a tad puzzled with exactly what is going on with the upcoming June 4th nomination. I think many of them expected there would be some sort of pronouncement coming out of the NPA shortly after everyone filed their papers today. Unfortunately, that’s not how this is all going to unfold.
As you can imagine, anyone can file papers and attempt to run with a political party. However, good political parties ensure they take the time to vet those applications and review the backgrounds of the individuals involved. In the case of the NPA, which has just received well in excess of a dozen applications, it will likely take at least a week for them to sift through all the paper work.
I suspect that shortly after the by-election in Vancouver-Point Grey, the NPA will make some sort of announcement regarding who will be on the ballot next month. Prior to then, some of the individual candidates may decide to make it official doing their own pronouncement.
In terms of the mayoralty position, we still don’t know who will be at the helm. There remains much speculation that it could be councillor Suzanne Anton, but that has yet to be confirmed. If it is Anton, her candidacy would give the NPA an instant credibility boost. That’s because she’s a high profile city councillor who has been slugging it out against the Vision/COPE coalition over the last 2 ½ years.
Here are some of the names I hear are about to be put on the ballot:
COUNCIL (9 spots are vacant):
- Suzanne Anton (Mayor or Councillor?)
- Bill McCreery (already nominated)
- George Affleck
- Elizabeth Ball
- Mike Klassen
- Joe Carangi
- Sean Bickerton
- Jason Lamarche
- Francis Wong
- Bill Yuen
I'm also hearing at least two other people have filed their papers today. They include a westside small business owner and a woman candidate with a "recognized media profile".
PARK BOARD (7 spots)
- Dave Pasin
- Jason Upton
- Melissa de Genova (already nominated)
- John Coupar
- Casey Crawford
- Ken Denike
- Sophia Woo
As for the NPA organization, it once again is failing to understand the basics of good media relations and open communications. I'm hearing serious grumbling from reporters who complain the NPA has done barely anything to explain their nomination process. It's hard not to agree with that assessment.
How difficult would it be for the NPA to issue a simple statement to the media explaining the timeline and process involved in approving candidates? How about using their website more effectively as a communication tool to their new members?
CKNW radio did catch up with John Moonen, the NPA's president and spokesperson earlier today. Here is an excerpt from Janet Brown's story:
A handful of people are apparently interested in running for mayor under the NPA banner. this fall in Vancouver.
However, just who they are is still a big mystery. The deadline is today for NPA nomination applications for council, school and park board
Party president John Moonen says a number of people have expressed interest in the mayoralty position.
MOONEN: "in fact at one point there were four or five and we won't know
until the deadline later today which ones of those are still in."
However, Moonen says once the deadline passes the party won't be announcing the names until after a vetting process. A review of backgrounds and references.
I'll have more for you as it becomes available.
- Post by Daniel. Follow us on Twitter @CityCaucus.