When considering the election for Position 5 on the Vancouver City Council, voters will find two qualified candidates who are capable of helping to shepherd the city into the future. The Columbian Editorial Board recommends a vote for incumbent Ty Stober in his race against challenger David Regan.
Stober, who is completing his first four-year term, has proven to be a thoughtful and engaged councilor who has earned additional time to implement a forward-thinking vision for Vancouver.
As always, this is merely a recommendation designed to foster discussion and provide information. The Columbian trusts that voters will examine the candidates and the issues before casting an informed ballot.
One of those issues is a proposal known as A Stronger Vancouver. As composed, the plan would increase taxes and fees throughout the city to raise an additional $30 million a year for services ranging from public safety to parks. In an interview with the editorial board, each candidate expressed mixed feelings about the proposal before landing on different sides of the issue.
Stober praised the research and public outreach that led to the plan, which now must be vetted by the council. While he is not opposed to changes, Stober would vote in favor of the current proposal. “Stronger Vancouver is about an investment in our community,” he said. He added, “The decisions we make about parks and public safety affect the way people feel about our community” and said he is passionate about how residents “are able to feel connected to our community.”