The field has been set for the Oct. 15 Nelson municipal election and it will be a five-way race for the mayor’s seat, including the incumbent and a long-time councillor.
Current mayor John Dooley and councillor Janice Morrison will be vying for the city’s top elected position next month, after the final filing of candidacy ended on Friday at City Hall.
There are three others in the mix for mayor, with Tom Prior, Mike Zeabin and John Buffery also on the ballot.
Only three current city councillors have elected to let their name stand again for city council — Rik Logtenberg, Keith Page and Jesse Woodward — with some significant challengers for one of the six seats.
Brenton Raby and Kate Tait are part of a list of 11 candidates for city council that was filed on Friday, with familiar names such as Glenn Sutherland and Charles Jeanes on the declaration list, along with Kyle Wilkinson, Leslie Payne, Jesse Pineiro and Ainsleah Hastings,
Nicole Charlwood, elected to council one year ago in May after Brittny Anderson stepped down to run for the provincial Nelson-Creston riding for the NDP, has chosen not to run again. Current city councillor Cal Renwick had announced publicly some time ago that he would not seek re-election.
Also filing on Friday were candidates for the two trustee seats on the next School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) board include Julie Bremner, Murray Shunter, Tricia Braun, Lesley Garlow, Kathy Krulitsky and Tamara Ziemer.
Incumbents Bill Maslechko and Sheri Walsh did not seek re-election.
Every four years general local elections are held, with the next one scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre.
Prior to the election there are two advance voting days — Oct. 5 and Oct. 12— in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
People who are eligible to vote will be able to select one mayor and six city councillors, along with two trustees for the board of trustees for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).
For more election information, go to: https://www.nelson.ca/923/2022-General-Local-Election
Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nelson Daily