It doesn’t matter if you lean to the left or right… or go straight up the middle, Vancouver’s West End has someone we can all get behind. There’s a sentence that could make your gramma blush, but I’m not talking dirty; I’m talking about politics; I’m talking about a young, vibrant, outgoing and outspoken politician; I’m talking about Spencer Herbert.

At the end of the day, I don’t really care who you vote for, or who you support- I just want you to get engaged, find out a little more about your local politics, and vote! I really like Spencer and I think- at the very least- he deserves a bit of your time. So here is your chance to find out a little more about Spencer Herbert, our openly gay representative running for reelection in the riding of Vancouver- West End.

If you’ve never voted before, he’s someone I think you’ll be proud to lose your electoral virginity to! My boyfriend Riley lost his back in October and LOVED it. And, no clean up afterwards either! (Okay, that DID get a bit dirty).

Check out Spencer’s Facebook page.

Spencer’s not even 30 and he’s already making a splash on the provincial political scene. He was elected back in October in a by-election and became the Opposition Arts and Culture Critic. Since then, he has promoted new laws to protect renters in the West End from unfair evictions, fought back against out of control rent increases, introduced legislation to protect Britney-loving concert goers like us from Ticketmaster’s latest rip-off scheme, spoken out against violence in the West End, and protested a dramatic $13.6 million government cut to the Arts.

Spencer has quickly become known for his unabashed pride for the diversity of the West End. He took a whole gaggle of drag royalty to Victoria to be officially recognized by the Legislature as community leaders for the very first time. Check out Xtra West’s account of the whole proceedings, including the decorum spat about tiaras and sashes! OMG. Who doesn’t love tiaras!?! Okay, I might be a bit biased there…

Want to find out more about the May 12 provincial election? Need to register? Check out http://www.elections.bc.ca.

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