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This totally normal candidate just announced their intention to run as an independent

Elke Porter photo A new name popped up on the #vanpoli radar today: Elke Porter.

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A new name popped up on the #vanpoli radar today: Elke Porter.

In an email sent to us this morning, she let us know that she's hoping to run for a seat on city council as an independent in the October election, "even though there hasn't been an independent elected to City Council for over 30 years".

What's interesting is that Elke is totally normal. Though this column is usually full of snark I mean that in the nicest way possible. Truly. She seems like a nice, normal person running for council.

Why is she normal?

1. She doesn't seem to go on angry political rants on Twitter. It seems that she just wants to help make our city better.

2. She has a quaint slogan that she likely came up with based on how she wants to see our city: "Clean, Green with an Accessible Scene".

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3. She has a bold goal of raising $100,000 to support her campaign.

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4. She's passionate about people not throwing out cigarette butts.

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While the cynic in me thinks Elke has a 0% chance of getting elected, I still hold out hope that someone like this might one day squeak their way onto council and add a refreshing, non-partisan voice to the conversation. Check out her campaign website HERE.


This is Vancouver’s Stupidest Politics Column, informing voters leading up to the Vancouver election on October 20th, 2018. Check out the entire archive HERE.