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Some unsuccessful Vision candidates philosophical; some really not

September 22nd, 2008 · 19 Comments

With 21 candidates out of 37 who didn’t get elected yesterday for Vision Vancouver, there’s a lot of disappointment out there. But different candidates are handling that disappointment differently, as you can see from emails that went out from two of them today to their supporters.

From: Facebook [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: September 21, 2008 3:50 PM
Subject: “Ray Lam for Vancouver City Council” sent you a message
on Facebook…

Ray Lam sent a message to the members of Ray Lam for Vancouver
City Council.

Subject: (Message from Ray Lam) re: Nomination Meeting

Hello Friends,
Thank you for your support during this new and exciting time for
me. It has truly been a worthwhile experience, and I am honored to have
considered by all of you. I, however, was not successful in winning a nomination
fromVision Vancouver.

Today’s nomination meeting saw almost 5,000 residents of Vancouver
coming out to support the party and our candidates. With over 10 times as
many voters turning out than the NPA’s nomination meeting, the message
was clear:
Vancouver needs a progressive government, and the citizens want

I am extraordinarily excited to support the Vision team going
forward to the November 15th Civic Elections. These amazing candidates will fight
hard to be your voice in municipal government…but they can’t do it

I am asking you to throw your support behind them, whether it be
in the form of a one time donation or a few volunteer hours a week, to help
bring a progressive government to Vancouver.

The Vision team will need to undo three years of damage done by
the NPA, and act to repair years of their inaction. We need Vision to make
Vancouver the greenest city in the world, to build a Creative Capital, and
improve the life of every citizen. Under Gregor’s leadership, the progressive
majority can end homelessness.

I will be spending the next few months ensuring that the amazing
candidates coming out of today’s meeting get elected. The NPA have gone far
too long unaccountable.

It is time for change. Make your voices heard and vote Vision.

Thank you for your support,
Ray Lam

From: Facebook [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: September 21, 2008 1:57 PM
Subject: “Nominate Hadani Ditmars for Park Board” sent you a
message on Facebook…

Hadani Ditmars sent a message to the members of Nominate Hadani
Ditmars for Park Board.

Subject: thanks for your support

Thanks for all your support with my campaign and much gratitude
for the 834 votes I won based solely on merit – since I didn’t benefit from
the voters lists that some candidates had access to, or the busloads of
ethnic voting blocks with written instructions on who to vote for, or any third
party funding from major provincial and federal parties (my entire
campaign was run on a bus pass and $500) or any endorsement from incumbents or
mayoral candidates.

Think what I could do with the right support!

Hadani Ditmars

Categories: 2008 Vancouver Civic Election