Last month, Vision Vancouver councillor Tim Stevenson announced he pled guilty to a charge of driving under the influence, after keeping the incident secret for more than a year. As a result, many provincial New Democrats suspect he won't run again for the party nomination in Vancouver-Burrard or one of the constituency's successor ridings. Which begs the question, who will. Well, in an interview with Public Eye, Save St. Paul's Hospital Coalition chair Aaron Jasper confirmed he's been approached about stepping up to the starting line. "I have been asked by a few people if it's something I'd consider. But I haven't really sat down and given it a lot of thought."
Continued Mr. Jasper, a West End Residents Association director, "I definitely haven't closed the door to something like that. But, again, you know how these things are. You need to give it a lot of thought. My wife is very supportive if that's something I'd do...It's just a question of how does this fit into my life. Can I be more effective as a member of a caucus or an activist on the outside?"
It's expected the electoral boundaries commission will recommend redistributing Vancouver-Burrard - a change that would take effect during the next general election. But, if incumbent legislator Lorne Mayencourt resigns to run for the federal Conservatives prior to 2009, a by-election will take place using the riding's present boundaries.