Feb. 2, 2016 – The Georgia Straight
It’s been an astonishing rise for Melanie Mark.
Raised in the Downtown Eastside by a mother who struggled with addiction (now 10 years sober) and a father who died of an overdose, the former president of the Urban Native Youth Association has been elected as the new NDP MLA for Vancouver–Mount Pleasant.
With nearly all the ballots counted, Mark has more than 60 percent of the vote in the NDP stronghold of Vancouver—Mount Pleasant, far ahead of the Greens’ Pete Fry and the B.C. Liberals’ Gavin Dew.