Nomination deadline Friday for local elections

  • Wed Oct 8th, 2008 2:00pm
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Islanders interested in running for a position on municipal council, regional district, the school board or the Moresby Island Management Committee have until Friday (Oct. 10) at 4 pm to hand in their nominations. Local governments have already received several nomination packages. In Masset, administrator Trevor Jarvis said the front desk has handed out about eight packages, with two candidates for councillor having submitted their nominations as of Tuesday morning. In Queen Charlotte, where all four councillors and mayor Carol Kulesha have said they intend to run again, deputy elections officer Debra Uliana said she has received one nomination for mayor and three for councillor. In Port Clements, the village office has received two nominations for mayor (one from the current mayor, Cory Delves, the other from Gerry Johnson, a former mayor and longtime council member) and one for councillor, said administrator Heather Nelson-Smith. The school district has received one nomination for a trustee for the south electoral area (representing Queen Charlotte, Miller Creek and Sandspit) and one nomination for a trustee for the central area (representing Port Clements and Tlell), according to deputy chief election officer Ken Campbell. There are five positions available on the school board: Old Massett, the north electoral area (Masset and Tow Hill), the central electoral area, Skidegate and the south electoral area. Last time elections were held, in 2005, three of these positions were acclaimed. Regional district administrator John Holland has received three nominations for the two regional district seats to be directly elected on the islands: two nominations for Area D (rural Graham Island) and one for Area E (Moresby Island). Nomination packages for all these positions are available at the municipal offices and in the case of the trustee positions, they are also available at the school district office in Queen Charlotte. No nominations will be accepted after 4 pm Oct. 10. Candidates who submit nominations may withdraw their name from the election if they do so by Oct. 17. The regional district is also organizing the election for Gwaii Trust directors for Moresby Island and Central Graham Island. This election will be held Nov. 15, the same day as all the other local government elections, but the nomination period has been extended. It closes on Oct. 24 at 4 pm. Nomination packages are available at the Gwaii Trust offices in Old Massett and Skidegate, at the Port Clements village office and at the Sandspit community office.