A man who has been behind dozens of political campaigns, including those of federal Liberals Paul Martin and Stéphane Dion, as well as former B.C. premier Christy Clark, is stepping out from backstage to run for Vancouver mayor.

In the latest addition to what promises to be a roller-coaster civic election campaign next year, Mark Marissen will announce Wednesday that he is entering the race because he thinks Vancouver is in trouble and none of the current candidates has a workable plan for saving it.

“I love Vancouver and I don’t think there is any leadership. The city is sliding backward,” he said.

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Candidate for Mayor of Vancouver (@Mark4Vancouver) with @Progress_Van; Principal, @BurrardStrategy; Senior Advisor, @McMillanVantage. He/him