We know now who is going to be on the ballot in Vancouver on October 20, 2018. And it’s a long, long list. Especially for mayor and city council where there will be nearly twice as many candidates as last year.
- 21 Mayoral candidates, compared to 9 in 2014. (1 will be elected)
- 71 Council candidates, compared to 49 in 2014. (10 will be elected)
- 33 Park board candidates, compared to 31 in 2014. (7 will be elected)
- 33 School board candidates, compared to 29 in 2014. (9 will be elected)
The nomination papers that were submitted last week don’t have much detail (I was hoping to figure out who rents and who owns), but they do have the postal code for each candidate. So I decided to plot them on a map. Some interesting tidbits:
- Yes Vancouver has a council candidate that lives in Burnaby, Glynnis Chan.
- ProVancouver‘s Breton Crellin lives even farther from Vancouver, in Pitt Meadows.
- Coalition Vancouver‘s candidates are clustered in the south half of the city.
- School board sees the biggest east-west divide, with the NPA and Coalition representing the west side and OneCity, Vision, COPE, and Green representing east Van.
- Independent candidates Kelly Alm and Gordon Kennedy are running for both council and school board, and apparently that’s allowed.
- There are 3 aliases on the ballot:
- Rollergirl aka Angela Dawson (mayor)
- Spike aka Gerald Peachey (council)
- Mrs Doubtfire aka Tavis Dodds (school board)
Map of where the candidates live for mayor and council:
Park and school board:
(Raw dataset and combined map)
If you want to know more about the parties running candidates this election, check out this blog post.