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NPA pushes De Genova up to council, keeps Coupar at park board

July 18th, 2014 · 49 Comments

Little announcement out from the NPA today about incumbents running. Only deviation from what had previously been suspected is that John Coupar is being kept at park board instead of moving up to council.

I can only guess that’s to leave some room to recruit some candidates who aren’t 1. white 2. mostly male, as former NPA board member Ken Charko was frequently warning the party was going to be a problem.

Here’s the announcement.

Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe welcomes the depth of municipal experience of those running for office again   

Friday, July 18, 2014, Vancouver BC – Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe today unveiled the party’s incumbent candidates who are running for re-election in Vancouver‘s November 15 election.

They are:

  • George Affleck for Council;
  • Elizabeth Ball for Council;
  • Melissa De Genova for Council;
  • John Coupar for Park Board; and
  • Fraser Ballantyne for School Board.

“The civic experience and talent these incumbents bring to the election as candidates is impressive, and I am grateful for their wish to continue their public service to our great city,” said NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, who announced his own candidacy earlier this week.

Ball will seek another term as Councillor as will Affleck, who first won in 2011. De Genova, who seeks a seat on City Council this time around, was first elected to Park Board in 2011. John Coupar and Fraser Ballantyne will seek a second term as Park Board Commissioner and School Board Trustee, respectively.

The candidates say they welcome being part of a reinvigorated NPA under Mr. LaPointe’s leadership, and look forward to an election focused on constructive ideas rather than ideology, and on openness and accessibility of Vancouver’s government.

Kirk LaPointe will introduce the incumbents today at 9 am outside of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Bloedel Conservatory. You are welcome to attend.

For candidate bios and downloadable photos, visit



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