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Vancouver elects first Chinese mayor, first mayor of color

Vancouver has elected Kevin Sim as mayor. Sim will be the city’s first Chinese mayor and first mayor of color.

“The history of the moment isn’t lost on me,” Sim said Saturday night, according to Vancouver Sun.

CBC CA reports that Sim won by a commanding margin over incumbent Kennedy Stewart. Sim lost the mayor’s race to Stewart in 2018 by 957 votes.

Sim was born in Vancouver in 1970 to two Hong Kong immigrants who came to Canada in 1967 with just $3,200, Vancouver Sun reports. He attended the University of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business and started a business called Nurse Next Door, which helps people find at-home care services.

Sim is a member of the center-right ABC Vancouver party. According to CBC CA, the party performed well during this year’s elections, with all of its candidates appearing to have won their races.

Sim’s election comes as anti-Asian crime continues to rise in Vancouver. The ABC Vancouver party wants to hire 100 new police officers and increase council presence on the police board. The party also wants to ensure that all police officers are wearing body cameras by 2025.

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