‘A fighter, a survivor,’ Sullivan wins key battle: “Father really does know best. Sam Sullivan’s father, Lloyd, was calm in the nerve-wracking hours leading up to the announcement of Sullivan’s win over Christy Clark in the Non-Partisan Association mayoralty nomination yesterday.”
In a headline rivalling the New York Post’s famed “Dewey Defeats Truman” of the 1948 U.S. presidential election campaign climax, long-time and wheelchair-bound Vancouver city councillor Sam Sullivan pulled off the unfathomable and defeated former Minister of Education and Deputy Premier for the Province of B.C. Christy Clark to secure the mayoral nomination of the Non-Partisan Association. Only this time, the headline is true and Sullivan will go head-to-head in the November civic election against upstart electoral organization Vision Vancouver and its mayoral candidate, the left-leaning but popular Jim Green, who has been an advocate of affordable social housing and the renovation of the old Woodward’s commercial building into one such avenue of housing for the impoverished in the city of Vancouver. (Vision Vancouver’s slate includes current councillors Tim Stevenson and Raymond Louie, as well as several candidates to be named later and it does not intend to run school or parks board candidates. It is an offshoot electoral organization of the equally left-leaning Coalition of Progressive Electors (“COPE”), which is also running five council candidates, and formed from the Friends of Larry Campbell Society in recognition of popular one-term mayor and now The Honourable Senator Larry Campbell.)
It’s a shame Christy Clark did not secure the nomination, and although I would prefer to see Coun. Jim Green ultimately win the mayoral race November 19th, she would’ve put up one hell of a fight and made the race truly interesting. Sullivan’s views are too conservative and not so mainstream that he makes a very unappealing and unelectable candidate for mayor. I would certainly like to see Mrs. Clark run as an independent mayoral candidate to split the centre and right vote, allowing Mr. Green to coast to an easy victory. However, this is unlikely given she has pledged to work with Mr. Sullivan to get him elected. Nonetheless, Coun. Green will likely have to change his business cards to Mayor Jim Green come Nov. 20th – or whenever the City Clerk’s Office certifies and validates the election.
Footnote: Is it not very ironic that the civic electoral group, the Non-Partisan Association, uses the catchy “non-partisan” term as part of its very name yet the group’s very membership consists of federal Liberals and Conservatives, as well as old remaining B.C. Social Credit stalwarts, as a means of coming together under one banner to sling very pointed (and very partisan) attacks at both Vision Vancouver and COPE?