Ken.Sim.NPAAdd Ken Sim to the candidate list for the NPA’s Mayoral nomination in the October 20 civic election.  Stay tuned for the NPA’s selection on May 29.  And a fifth candidate may be close to filing papers.

Mike Howell writes in the Vancouver Courier:

. . .  it was clear from a news release he issued that making Vancouver more affordable was one of the main reasons he wants to become the NPA’s mayoral candidate.

“I grew up here and believe my four boys should have the opportunity to raise their families here also,” Sim said. “I believe this generation, and future generations, should be able to afford to live in this city.”

The entrepreneur wants to focus on job creation, saying he was “gravely concerned that countless Vancouverites have been forced to move to other cities for better opportunities.” The city’s ongoing social problems related to mental health, addiction and homelessness are also on Sim’s agenda.

Travis Lupick writes in the Straight:

Other issues that Sim mentions in the release as areas on which he would focus if elected mayor include “bureaucratic red tape” and some of Vancouver’s most-persistent challenges concentrated in the Downtown Eastside.

“I’ve spent years supporting causes related to the Downtown Eastside and am disappointed with the lack of progress on issues related to mental health, addiction and homelessness—despite the fact significant money has been spent,” he said. “I believe it is time we bring real change to help our vulnerable sisters and brothers living in this city.”