The Kelowna schoolteacher understands why the NDP leader plans to step down. She believes he's taking the fall for an election result that had several causes.
"A lot of people are trying to point their finger," she said Wednesday. "I don't think you can point the finger just at Adrian."
Gordon also ran against Premier Christy Clark in a July byelection to replace Liberal MLA Ben Stewart, who resigned his Westside-Kelowna seat to make room for Clark after she lost in her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey.
A fond memory for Gordon was sitting with Dix in her campaign office as the byelection results came in.
"He was very analytical looking at the numbers, comparing what had happened on July 10 to the May election. He is very . . . process-oriented and very thoughtful."
Gordon decided to enter politics in 2011 because she liked Dix's ability to show respect for all politicians on both sides of the legislature. She was also inspired by federal NDP leader Jack Layton, who became Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa.
Dix supported Gordon as a candidate by visiting Kelowna to hold press conferences and talking to voters on their doorsteps. She lost both elections in May and July but has no complaints about her leader.
"We won the polls where he knocked on those doors. As a candidate, I felt very supported."
One factor in the May election - one that most predicted the NDP would win - is the perception that the 1990s were a bad decade for British Columbians. The Liberals painted the years when NDP premiers Mike Harcourt and Glen Clark were in power as economically bleak when the province's population grew, Gordon said.
"There were many great things about the '90s and unfortunately we've never dealt with the other side's perspective of that . . . (The Liberals) think it was a bad decade in the '90s and they blame the NDP for that.
"I don't think we've ever really combated that concept . . . It stuck with (people) and we never managed to convince them it was a good decade."