NPA councillor Hector Bremner to run for mayor of Vancouver

Hector Bremner has announced his plans to run for Mayor of Vancouver. Global News File

The NPA’s newest city councillor is throwing his hat in the ring for the mayor’s job.

Hector Bremner announced his plans on Monday to seek the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) nomination in the contest for the city’s top job.

“Our city is facing major challenges, and we will be talking a lot about them over the coming months,” Bremner wrote in a Facebook post. “The biggest challenge, by far, is our housing crisis.”

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Bremner is currently a vice-president at Vancouver public affairs firm Pace Group Communications, and has served as a provincial staffer under the previous BC Liberal government.

He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in the city’s October byelection after campaigning heavily on fixing Vancouver’s housing woes.

The issue takes top slot on Bremner’s newly launched campaign website, where he pledges to enact citywide pre-zoning, use city-owned land for rental housing, and slash development permit wait times.

Other campaign planks include cutting property taxes and incentivizing the construction of homes near peoples’ workplaces.

The campaign website also hints that Bremner may emerge as an opponent to the mobility pricing program currently being developed by the region’s mayors’ council, stating, “They have a plan for mobility pricing, but that’s just another tax on its way.”

Glen Chernen, a Vancouver financial adviser who has ran unsuccessfully for council under the banner of the Cedar Party in 2014, is also vying for the NPA nomination.

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