NPA Coun. Hector Bremner will seek the mayoral nomination, it was announced Monday.
“I’m excited today — with the support of my wife Virginia and two kids Carlo and Gianluca — to confirm that I am seeking the NPA nomination for mayor of our great city Vancouver,” Bremner wrote in a statement shared to Facebook.
Bremner was elected to Vancouver city council in a byelection in October, after Vision Vancouver’s Geoff Meggs was lured away from city hall to work as Premier John Horgan’s chief of staff. Bremner joined fellow NPA councillors George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball and Melissa De Genova.
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The pro-development Bremner, who ran for the B.C. Liberals in New Westminster in 2013 and is vice-president of public affairs for communications firm Pace Group, had campaigned on a platform focused on fixing the city’s housing crisis.
Bremner proposed zoning changes to increase density, bolstering the use of city-owned land for social and market-rental housing, and streamlining the building-approval process.
In announcing his bid Monday, he again cited plans to tackle housing issues.
“Our city is facing major challenges, and we will be talking a lot about them over the coming months. The biggest challenge, by far, is our housing crisis,” he said. “I am both proud and humbled to be part of the #LetsFixHousing movement. Our movement is full of people who love Vancouver. We have all committed to identify and implement the changes needed to make it possible for middle-class working people to live in and enjoy our city again.”