Vancouver - More than 1650 Vision Vancouver members cast their ballots in the 2014 Vision nomination meeting today, selecting Trish Kelly, Naveen Girn, Sammie Jo Rumbaua and Coree Tull to join the Vision Park Board team in November's election, and Joy Alexander to join the Vision School Board team.
"Our new candidates for park board and school board bring experience, energy and diversity to Vancouver politics, and are a big asset to the Vision team. With more than 1650 Vision members coming out to cast their vote, it's a great sign of the number of people who want to get involved with Vision to help keep Vancouver moving forward," said Vision Vancouver co-chair Maria Dobrinskaya.
"Vision's new candidates will help bolster our team even more, and will provide a clear choice to an out-of-touch NPA in November's election."
Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed the new candidates. "Congrats to Trish Kelly, Naveen Girn, Sammie Jo Rumbaua, Coree Tull and Joy Alexander for winning the nomination and joining the Vision team for this November's election. We've built a team that believes in compassionate leadership for Vancouver - one that shares Vancouver's values and has a plan to keep our city moving forward. I'm excited to have them on board and impressed with the energy and experience they bring to our Park and School Board."
More than 800 Vision members voted in Wednesday's advance vote, and more than 850 in Sunday's nomination vote. All candidates took part in open, public debates leading up to the vote, and Vision incumbents seeking re-election were subject to public confirmation votes by Vision members in April. This is in contrast to the NPA, who three weeks ago held a closed-door meeting for their executive to handpick a Mayoral candidate, have yet to announce who it is, and as of today do not have any new candidates for Park of School Board.
Information on the new Vision candidates can be found at nominations.votevision.ca.