Independent mayoral candidates in tight race to swoop up undecideds
With 11 days remaining before Vancouverites go to the ballot box, left-leaning independent mayoral candidates Kennedy Stewart and Shauna Sylvester are neck-and-neck as an option for undecided voters, according to a new Research and Co. poll.
Stewart is leading the race polling at 34 per cent of decided voters, while Ken Sim of the centre-right party Nonpartisan Association followed at 20 per cent, and Sylvester was on his heels at 16 per cent.
But more than a quarter of residents are undecided, which includes 31 per cent of women and 24 per cent of those who voted for Vision Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson in the 2014 mayoral election, the poll found.
And it’s those voters that will be crucial in the final stages of campaigning, said Mario Canseco, president of the polling company.
“It’s a group that can definitely sway things. If voters continue to move away from the NPA, it could be a situation where they choose Shauna,” Canseco said in an interview. “We still have three weeks to go and things can get crazy.”
With higher levels of undecided voters, anything can happen on the centre-left, he added. Both Stewart and Sylvester say they have progressive solutions to the issues the city is facing.
Independent mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart and Onecity council candidate Christine Boyle, whose party endorsed Stewart for mayor.