Bill and Dorothy Bell published Bell's News and Photography as campaign material for their first run in 2014 based on the political theory that posting lots of pictures of North Van would attract the attention of those who didn't remember Bill Bell from his time of being a Council member almost two decades ago would remember his name on voting day and his wife Dorothy Bell. A very superficial strategy but voters can vote somewhat superficially in a municipal campaign. Perhaps many remembered his betrayal of the NDP when he ran for the Federal Liberals in the 2000 election.
Bill had a North Van record of both success and failure being elected to Council but failing to win the Mayor's chair in 2002, perhaps his failure was telegraphed by where his campaign office was in the Rusty Gull.
Bill Bell had no deep principle, only a deep seated hatred of Mussatto due to his loss for the Mayors' Chair in 2002 and his failure to become the Member of Parliament in 2000 as the Liberal candidate, and a deep financial need to suck more money out of the City as they had retired in Mexico at 50ish and have run out of money to continue their retirement for the next 20 years that they should live, according to demographics and Stats Canada. So at least one of them had to win to keep a roof over their heads.
The Bell propaganda machine was joined by the northvancitynews.com after the 2014 election but the site had not been paid for and lasted a couple of years.
Morris' ego made him run for Mayor when had he run and won a Councillor's seat role and planned a Mayor's run in 2018, he might of at least had some credibility to run for Mayor. Of course, Kerry the rage filled alcoholic homophobe that enough voters learned about to deny him the Mayor's chair would have emerged during his hypothetical term and doomed his run for Mayor in 2018.
Bill and Dorothy will probably run again although Bill will quality for his government retirement pensions so can retire a second time, funded this time. Perhaps Bill will get in since likely Don Bell and Pam Bookham will announce their retirement and leave an easier run to get the fifth and sixth seats. As well Linda Buchanan will be running for Mayor leaving so only incumbents Craig Keating, Rod Clark and Holly Back will be in the race leaving 3 spots open for new Councillors. I'll do a post on the likely candidates later.