Sullivan waives ‘greenlight’ to keep party united
The city’s ruling Non Partisan Association (NPA) will hold an open nomination race to determine whether Mayor Sam Sullivan or Coun. Peter Ladner will lead the party into November’s election.
Sullivan said he waived his "greenlight" nomination because he was concerned that Ladner might run as an independent and thereby split the NPA vote.
"Peter Ladner has suggested he may run as an independent," said Sullivan yesterday. "(It) would be very bad for the association. … I lived through the divisive problems of the 2002 election and saw how damaging that could be."
Ladner, who announced Thursday that he would challenge Sullivan for the mayor’s nomination, called the mayor’s decision "very positive."
"My first preference is to run as the NPA candidate," Ladner said.
Sullivan said it was important to deal with the "potential split in the party" quickly to ensure the leadership question was answered without creating a major rift.
He added that there is a "real possibility" that he could lose the nomination, but stressed that his personal ambition came third behind the city’s future and the health of the party.