Mayoral hopeful billing himself as centrist candidate
rafe arnott/metro vancouver
Suggesting that he is a middle-of-the-road candidate, Allan De Genova launches his bid for the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination yesterday.
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Mayoral hopeful Allan De Genova wants to wash clean Vancouver’s partisan politics, restore morale to City Hall and get the city working again.
“I’m a consensus builder,” said the veteran parks commissioner, who launched his campaign yesterday for Vision Vancouver’s mayoralty nomination. “I’m a true centrist guy who the citizens of Vancouver want.”
De Genova will contest city councillor Raymond Louie and NDP Kingsway-Fairview MLA Gregor Robertson for the nomination.
“I thrive on making things happen,” said De Genova, adding he works 15 hours a day, seven days a week.
His priorities include:
- improving public safety by increasing police resources and by keeping youth from crime through school and community centre programs.
- improving morale at City Hall and among city employees, particularly the city’s firefighters.
Senator Larry Campbell, the city’s former COPE-Vision mayor, has thrown his support behind De Genova.
“What I see in Al is pragmatism,” Campbell said. “There is no left or right. If it is a good idea, we don’t care where it comes from, we should pursue it.”
To finance his work, De Genova proposes raising more than $100-million through re-developing city sites in Little Mountain, East Fraser, North East False Creek and the post office.
“I’m not a career politician,” De Genova said. “I don’t need the job. I want the job. There’s a difference. Sam Sullivan needs the job. I really like the guy a lot — I won’t do business with him — but I really like him. But Sam needs a different job. He has not been effective.”