Chief launches mayoral bid
The Canadian Press - May 15 - BC Biz

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A Squamish Nation hereditary chief wants to be the next mayor of Vancouver.

Ian Campbell announced his bid Monday to become the city’s first Indigenous mayor.

Campbell is seeking the nod from Vision Vancouver, outgoing Mayor Gregor Robertson’s party.

“Today, I stand before you as a unifier, a bridge-builder, to offer a new and better path forward,” Campbell said Monday.

“I will not rest until people who work hard and play by the rules can afford to live in Vancouver again,” he said.

Homelessness in the Downtown Eastside is another of his priorities.

The 44-year-old started working for the Squamish Nation in 1999 as a cultural ambassador and negotiator. He also serves on the nation’s elected council.

Also running for mayor are: Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr, independent Jean Swanson, Vision Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie, Non-Partisan Association Coun. Hector Bremner and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart.

 -with files from CTV Vancouver

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