CBC News is projecting that Ken Sim will be Vancouver’s next mayor, rising victorious in his second run for the seat with a dominant lead over incumbent Kennedy Stewart.
With 96 of 106 voting locations reporting, Sim had 69,677 votes to Stewart’s 41,624 as of midnight on election day.
“I actually wanna hug each single particular person on this room,” Sim advised cheering supporters on Saturday.
“Thank you for not giving up on the promise we will make Vancouver a greater metropolis.”
It seems he’ll have the assist of a commanding majority of council, with all seven council candidates from the centre-right ABC Vancouver topping the polls. All ABC candidates for varsity board and park board have been additionally poised for victory.
Sim will make historical past as the primary particular person of color to be elected to town’s highest workplace, and he acknowledged that milestone in his victory speech.
“One hundred and thirty-five years after the primary Chinese head tax was paid only for the correct to come back right here and work on constructing a railway, Vancouver has elected its first Chinese Canadian mayor,” he stated.
Sim’s sturdy exhibiting this yr follows a slim loss in the 2018 election because the candidate for the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) when he was edged out by Stewart with a margin of simply 957 votes.
Watch | Ken Sim celebrates decisive victory:
This time, Sim and his newly shaped ABC ran a marketing campaign capitalizing on public security considerations and earned the controversial endorsement of the Vancouver Police Union.
His council slate contains former police officer Brian Montague, and the social gathering has promised to right away rent 100 new officers and 100 new psychological well being nurses, in addition to to continue the liaison officer program in colleges.
Sim attributed his victory to prioritizing door-knocking and speaking on to voters.
“When folks requested how ABC Vancouver got here out of nowhere, the reply is we labored actually, actually arduous,” he stated.
Sim additionally pledged in his victory speech to plant 100,000 new timber and to develop the authorized consumption of alcohol in parks.
Stewart says being mayor was the ‘honour of my life’
Stewart conceded the race in a speech to supporters on Saturday night time, saying he was proud of his report on constructing new housing and coping with the toxic drug disaster.
“I do assume we bought town by fairly arduous occasions,” the outgoing mayor stated. “It has been the honour of my life to serve town of Vancouver. I believe we have made quite a bit of progress on quite a bit of points.”
Watch | Kennedy Stewart concedes Vancouver mayoral race:
With all ABC candidates main within the race for council, the main candidates for the three remaining seats are incumbents Adriane Carr and Pete Fry of the Green Party and Christine Boyle of OneMetropolis.
The NPA, Vancouver’s oldest civic social gathering, is about to be worn out of public workplace within the metropolis. Returning council candidates Sarah Kirby-Yung, Lisa Dominato and Rebecca Bligh have been all elected in 2018 on the NPA ticket however resigned from the social gathering over the past time period and ran for ABC this time round.
Voters have been confronted with a really lengthy listing of decisions for public workplace on this election.
In all, the ballots listed 137 candidates vying for 27 positions within the authorities of B.C.’s largest metropolis, together with three Capital Plan plebiscite questions.
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Polls shut at 8 p.m. PT.