VANCOUVER—It is coming down to the wire in Vancouver as the two front runners are separated by about 700 votes in the city’s election race, the last major contest to be decided.
Kennedy Stewart, an independent candidate, at about 11:20 p.m., was edging out the Non-Partisan Association’s Ken Sim, as one of the most challenging mayoralty races in recent memory draws to a close.
In third place is Shauna Sylvester, another independent candidate.
Elsewhere in Metro Vancouver, former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum is once again office after a 13-year break brought about by his ouster in 2005.
The numbers are not yet official, but McCallum was 13,000 votes ahead when his chief opponent Tom Gill from the Surrey First Party conceded Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, after five terms as mayor of Burnaby, Derek Corrigan has been defeated by challenger Mike Hurley. Corrigan was first elected in 2002 and faced controversy in his last term over housing challenges in the city.
In a recent interview with StarMetro, Corrigan said he was being unfairly attacked by housing activists in the city. Meanwhile, Hurley was climbing in the polls.
“They can disrupt; it attracts media attention,” he said. “But I don’t think that reflect the issues our community is concerned about.”
Corrigan is the second ouster of the night.
In Port Moody incumbent mayor Mike Clay lost by just under 400 votes to one-term councillor Rob Vagramov.
Smaller cities across Metro Vancouver have started to have their elections settled as the City of North Vancouver has elected Linda C. Buchanan while the District of North Vancouver has ushered in Mike Little.
In White Rock, Darryl Walker has been elected with 30 per cent of the vote.
Meanwhile, the full results from some of the larger cities have yet to come in, including Vancouver.
After a 10-year run, mayor Gregor Robertson did not renew his bid for mayor of Vancouver proper and his party, Vision Vancouver, was left with no mayoral candidate after Ian Campbell pulled out of the race in September.
But there’s no shortage of challengers for the top job in Vancouver politics.
StarMetro has a team of reporters planted across the city and will be tracking these and other major and important races throughout Metro Vancouver as the night goes on.