The field of candidates for council and the mayor currently looks wide open with only two days before nominations close for the Nelson municipal election in October.
Only two current city councillors have elected to let their name stand again for city council — Rik Logtenberg and Jesse Woodward — and one city councillor is taking a shot for the mayor’s position: Janice Morrison.
Although there is still time to declare candidacy, incumbent mayor John Dooley has not yet stepped forward, nor has councillor Keith Page or 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.
Current city councillor Cal Renwick has announced publicly that he will not seek re-election.
The nomination period began Tuesday, Aug. 30 and goes through Friday, Sept. 9 until 4 p.m.
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 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).
Nomination packages will be available for pick up at Nelson City Hall, 101, 310 Ward St.
People requesting a nomination package must obtain the information from the chief elections officer or deputy chief elections officer.
The city’s election is conducted under the legislation provided by the province of British Columbia (for more information about elections, click here.)
People can be nominated, elected and hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
• Canadian citizen;
• 18 years of age or older on election day;
• Resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
• Have not been disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in B.C. or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office, or been otherwise disqualified by law.
Note: Candidates do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which they are running for office.
Source: City of Nelson website
For more election information, go to: https://www.nelson.ca/923/2022-General-Local-Election
Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nelson Daily