Chief Ian Campbell withdraws from Vancouver’s Mayoral race

Chief Ian Campbell
Photo: Chief Campbell’s website

CHIEF Ian Campbell announced on Monday he is withdrawing from Vancouver’s mayoral race.

He said in a statement: “I’ve come to a very difficult decision that I want to share with people — a decision that may be a surprise to many. I am withdrawing my name from the race for Mayor of Vancouver.

“With the deadline quickly approaching to formally enter the race, I’ve reflected on the political landscape and my complicated personal journey. When I put all these pieces together, it seems clear that the best choice is for me to withdraw as candidate for Mayor of Vancouver. I want to thank my family and supporters for standing beside me throughout this entire journey and effort.

“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly. I’m proud of the ideas I’ve brought to the table and the platform we’ve developed with our remarkable team of candidates and members. I know the talented, passionate and diverse group of Vision Vancouver candidates running for council, school board and park board will deliver on this bold agenda. Each one of them deserves your vote on October 20.

“I remain committed to this beautiful city and I will continue to be actively involved in city-building and addressing the complicated issues facing our communities. I continue to believe that Vision Vancouver is the party where thoughtful, progressive and community-minded people come together to make our city a welcoming home for everyone. I am proud of the party, grateful for their support and I wish all Vision candidates well in the coming race.”

Vision Vancouver co-chair, Michael Haack, said: “Ian Campbell informed the party this afternoon of his decision to withdraw from the race. We have accepted his decision and support his choice to not move forward. Ian has made significant contributions to Vancouver and we are thankful for his commitment.

“The focus of Vision Vancouver will now be to support our talented candidates running for Council, School Board and Park Board. We have a strong platform to present to Vancouverites, we look forward to a robust and energetic campaign, and we will have more to say about the mayoral campaign in the coming days.”

Mainstreet Research’s Vancouver poll fielded September 4 and 5 showed that MP Kennedy Stewart has a lead over closest rivals Hector Bremner and Ken Sim in the mayoral race. Ian Campbell was fourth.