1. Raul, 

    Our suggestions encompass every major party/alliance and even an independent. If we are partisan, we aren’t very good at it! 😉 This list isn’t an official endorsement of any candidate, rather a recommendation to our readers about who to give a closer look when deciding who to vote for, if they haven’t already made up their minds.

    You are correct that Spacing is written by different people, and the way this list was determined reflects that. Each Spacing contributor was invited to anonymously submit their picks. The results were pooled and the names above came out on top.  Although each candidate was picked by several contributors, I doubt there is any one Spacing contributor that picked all of the candidates listed. I certainly didn’t. 

    As for whether we should be supporting specific candidates at all: There is a longstanding tradition of media outlets supporting specific candidates. If we are partisan, so is the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, etc.  As well, several other local websites (partisan and non) have suggested candidates.

    If Spacing Vancouver has a bias, it is towards candidates who understand the urban landscape and are interested in issues like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development.  I personally believe that these issues cross partisan lines; and—if these recommendations are any indication— I’m not alone.

  2. Actually, it looks like someone did pick that ballot about half-way through the voting – we almost should have had a pool for that. Most were somewhere between 5-7 of them.

    We also saw votes for several other NPA candidates and most of the NSV slate (not to mention De-Growth and RICH) – and from different people, not just one or two partisans.

    I’m also not aware of any contributors with strong party ties, except one very famous NPAer.

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