first_imgPat Campbell has picked Bill Turlay as his favorite to succeed him in Position 6 on the Vancouver City Council.Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle beat Campbell in August’s primary, and the incumbent stayed silent until Tuesday.“Although Bill Turlay and I take opposite stances on some local issues such as light rail, public bus service and the Columbia River Crossing (not to mention our disagreements on national issues!), I am endorsing him for the citizens’ city council Position 6,” he wrote. “Position 6 has a history of being occupied by straight shooters who have put service ahead of self or re-election.“Bill doesn’t make rash promises or play people for political gain,” he continued. “He hasn’t put himself in the middle of property or labor negotiations for political traction. Most voters know where Bill stands. Many more need to know that he is a man of integrity, friendliness, and grace. That is what we all will need during what looks like even more difficult times until things eventually change for the better.”Turlay said Tuesday that Campbell’s endorsement came as a surprise, and agreed that he and Campbell don’t see eye to eye on many issues. But they have grown to know each other better as the campaign season has gone on, and Turlay accepted Campbell’s invitations — extended to both candidates — to attend some of Campbell’s committee meetings.“I’m very proud to have his endorsement, because our political views are different, but we both agree we should be able to sit in council and discuss opposing views rationally,” Turlay said. “That shows to me, anyway, that he thinks I would be able to work with the rest of the council.”Campbell said he waited until now to make his endorsement because he wanted to see how things would go.The deciding factor to make an endorsement came last week, he said, when Turlay denounced negative fliers and TV ads put out independently by the Save Our City Political Action Committee. The PAC is largely funded by one of Turlay’s top contributors, anti-CRC activist David Madore.last_img read more

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