Local politicians get ready for elections

Most area politicians plan to run again in November's Local Government Elections.

Local politicians are gearing up for elections in November. Most have announced their intention to seek re-election on Nov. 15, but some, such as Ashcroft’s Mayor Andy Anderson, have decided to retire.

This week The Journal asked incumbent politicians if they planned to run again in the upcoming election. They could answer “yes”,  “no” or “undecided”. Nominations are open from now until Oct. 10 when they officially close. The deadline for withdrawing a nomination is Oct. 17.

After 10 years in office, Ashcroft’s Mayor Anderson has announced his retirement from local politics, leaving the mayor’s seat open to contenders. Coun. Alice Durksen is undecided; Coun. Jerry Fiddick is running again, but for the mayor’s position. Coun. Helen Kormendy did not reply. Coun. Doreen Lambert said she will seek re-election.

In Cache Creek, there is a seat vacant on Council from former Coun. Darrell Rawcliffe’s resignation in April due to health concerns. Mayor John Ranta said he will be seeking his sixth term as mayor. Coun. Herb Hofer said he will be running. Councillors Lisa Dafoe and Wyatt McMurray both said it was their intention to seek re-election.

In Clinton, Mayor Jim Rivett will be looking for a second term in office, as will Coun. Susan Swan. There was no reply from councillors Diana Guerin, Wayne Marchant and David Park.

All of the local School District 74 Board of Education trustees say they will run for re-election: Carmen Ranta (Rural Area D), Nancy Rempel (Rural Area C), Christopher Roden (Village of Ashcroft) and Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan (Rural Area E).

The three local TNRD directors will also be seeking re-election: Sally Watson (Area E Bonaparte Plateau), Steven Rice (Area I Blue Sky Country) and Ronaye Elliott (Area J Copper Desert Country).

Nomination packages are available at Village Offices.

The Journal will have more election coverage in coming weeks, with candidate summaries in the Nov. 6 pre-election issue.

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