In­de­pen­dent may­oral can­di­dates in tight race to swoop up un­de­cid­eds

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - ME­LANIE GREEN

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.

JEN­NIFER GAU­THIER FOR STARMETRO

In­de­pen­dent may­oral can­di­date Kennedy Ste­wart and Onecity coun­cil can­di­date Chris­tine Boyle, whose party en­dorsed Ste­wart for mayor.

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