Randy Helten promises wild ride

Randy Helten promises wild ride in quixotic quest for the Vancouver mayoralty
by Matthew Burrows, October 17, 2011, 7:11 PM

The West End shit disturber now running against his arch nemesis, Mayor Gregor Robertson, has one piece of advice for voters.

“Fasten your seat belts.”

Randy Helten, founder of websites CityHallWatch.ca and MetroVanWatch.ca—not to mention the West End Neighbours—told the Straight he had been coy about his candidacy for the longest time, before announcing he would run for the mayor’s job next month.

“The answer to the question, would I run for mayor, was ‘no’,” Helten said by phone. “And it was a sincere no, about less than 24 hours before the deadline at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 14.”

He’s with a slate called Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver along with four council candidates.

“I just considered the whole flow of my life and all the stuff I had been doing for the last 20 years, and I think that…I didn’t see any candidates in there that are going to fix the serious, fundamental problems in Vancouver,” Helten said. “So, for me to be true to myself, I had to do it.”

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