Ken Sim ousted Stewart Kennedy in Vancouver to become the next mayor of Vancouver.
“The history of this moment isn’t lost on me. But the honour really goes to those whose shoulders I stand on,” Sim added, naming a number of the city’s previous councillors, including Raymond Louie and Kerry Jang.
Running under the ABC banner with a tough on crime and public safety platform, Vancouverites rewarded Ken Sim two thirds of the votes casted in the mayoral election.
Ken Sim received 49% of the votes while Stewart Kennedy got 31%. Last election was very close to unseating him where he held on by a thread and won by about 1,000 votes.
The ABC banner didn’t just win in the mayoral race. Vancouver’s ABC party topped the charts in every race. They also dominated the city council, school board and park board.
In a decisive win Sim and his ABC majority council it is clear mandate from residents.
The top priorities Sim said will be the issues hos ABC party campaigned on, including adding 100 police officers and 100 more mental health nurses. Speeding up city hall’s permit process.
During his acceptance speech at the South Hall in South Vancouver, Sim said the public shouldn’t expect any dramatic changes to the cities big building projects including the Broadway plan, the citywide Vancouver plan and proposed SkyTrain extension to the University of B.C.
These three projects were supported by three incumbent ABC councillors on council and in public statements made by Sim.