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Vancouver Nonpartisan Association mayoral candidate John Cooper resigns as vote looms

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Vancouver City Hall is seen in on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.
Vancouver City Hall will be seen Saturday, January 9, 2021. Photo by DARRYL DYCK​​K /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two months before local elections were held across British Columbia, where I finally said goodbye to John Cooper.

The board met on Thursday to discuss the progress of the campaign and accept Cooper's resignation, according to a statement issued by the party.

Another mayoral candidate said "it will be announced at a later date."

NPA spokeswoman Elizabeth Ball said the board was considering options and would try to nominate a new candidate before the September 9 deadline for nominations. said he expected.

The tenured Parks Commissioner confirmed his resignation and said, "I am grateful to her NPA and the wonderful team of NPA candidates for giving me the opportunity to run."

Cooper was nominated as his NPA mayoral candidate in April, and incumbent NPA city council members Sarah Kirby Jung, Lisa Dominato, and Colleen Hardwick called it "open and transparent." quit the party, saying it didn't offer a "democratic" party. solicit candidates.

Ball agreed that Cooper had beaten several of her four other candidates running for mayor in recent polls.

"I got a lot of messages about polls and things like that," Ball said in an interview.

"John made a decision based on the information he had and clearly decided that now was not the time to work for him."

Ball said Cooper acted with "grace and dignity".

Coupar's statement said she "has enjoyed serving the residents of Vancouver for the past 11 years" and "looks forward to spending time with family and friends." .

"I have always tried to walk with the highest integrity and with unwavering commitment to those I serve."

Running for Mayor of Vancouver The four candidates are incumbents Kennedy Stewart, Hardwick, Ken Sim and Mark Marisen.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 5, 2022.

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