B.C. election 2017: Vancouver-West End riding

In 2013: NDP incumbent Spencer Chandra Herbert easily won re-election over B.C. Liberal challenger Scott Harrison (57 per cent to 28 per cent).

In 2009: Chandra Herbert continued to be the youngest MLA in the legislature when he defeated Liberal candidate Laura McDiarmid by 4,000 votes (57 per cent to 33 per cent).

History & Geography: Created for the last election when Vancouver-Burrard was split in two, Vancouver-West End consists of all of downtown Vancouver west of Burrard up to Georgia, and then west of Jervis.

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The NDP enjoys strong support throughout the riding, with the exception of pockets that represent some of the newer condos in Coal Harbour.

Candidates

Liberals – Nigel Elliott: Elliott is a former researcher at the legislature, and now works in public affairs, specializing in public policy, issues management and stakeholder engagement. He also volunteers at a weekly drop-in centre for male and transgender sex trade workers.

NDP – Spencer Chandra Herbert: The critic for Arts, Tourism, Film/TV, Heritage and PAVCO. Prior to being elected in a 2008 by-election, he was a COPE park board commissioner. He and his husband Romi welcomed a baby boy, born through surrogacy on Feb. 14, 2017, the day the last sitting of the legislature opened.

Greens – James Marshall: An animator, artist, and technical artist in the video game and film industry. Marshall is an alumnus of the multi-time world champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Libertarian Party – John Clarke: The Libertarian party is running 30 candidates, four times as many as in 2013. They have been running candidates in B.C. since 1986, but have never come close to winning a seat.

Independent – Leon David Dunn: Author of the novel “Dreaming Annapurna.” His campaign doesn’t currently have a website or social media presence.

2017 Stats: Vancouver-West End

Population (2014): 57,287 (42nd)
Population Deviation from Average: 7.8 per cent
Area: 14 sq km (76th)
Pop Density: 4,091.9 (12th)
Average Age: 38.3 years (74th)
English as Second Language: 39.14 per cent (24th)

Top 3 Second Languages:
Persian (Farsi) – 4.13 per cent
Korean – 3.30 per cent
Spanish – 3.21 per cent