Five candidates are running for councillor in an Ashcroft by-election.

Five candidates are running for councillor in an Ashcroft by-election.

Five candidates running in Ashcroft by-election

The vote to elect a new member of council will take place on September 17.

Five candidates have put their names forward to run in the by-election for councillor in Ashcroft, which will take place on Saturday, September 17. The candidates are Sheila Corneillie; Donald Cram; David Durksen; Helen Kormendy; and Christopher Roden.

The by-election has been called because of the resignation of former councillor Al Mertens in June. Nominations closed at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 12.

“I think it bodes well for the residents of Ashcroft that five people have put themselves forward to be representatives,” says Ashcroft mayor Jack Jeyes. “The people of Ashcroft will have lots of choice come election day.

“The fact that we have five citizens willing to put themselves forward is a bonus. Public service is very rewarding, but it can also be a very difficult role that can take its toll on people.””

A referendum on the village’s borrowing bylaw to secure a loan of up to $4.1 million to construct a new water treatment plant will also be held on September 17, and Jeyes hopes that the two events taking place in tandem will ensure that the bylaw receives an overwhelming level of support.

In addition to voting day on September 17, there will be a series of advance voting opportunities in the two weeks preceding the by-election and referendum.