Running/not running: we asked the question

  • Mon Sep 15th, 2014 4:00pm
  • News

With municipal elections approaching this November, local politicians are starting to make up their minds about whether they want to run for office again. At the Masset council meeting Monday night (Sept. 8), mayor Andrew Merilees said he will definitely be putting his name forward for the mayor’s seat when nominations open at the end of the month. Councillors Barry Pages and Bret Johnston confirmed they will also be running again. Mr. Pages was first elected to Masset council in 1993 and will reach 25 years of service if he serves another term, making him one of the longest-serving politicians on the north coast. Councillor Natanis Hageman, who is serving her first term on council, said she will not be running in the coming election. The fact that the length of the terms has been changed to four years from three years was a major factor in her decision, she said. Councillor Jason Thompson has not been at the past several meetings due to medical issues and was not there on Monday. Mr. Merilees said Mr. Thompson is missed and that he has encouraged him, along with all the other council members, to run again. Nominations for village councils, regional district and school board open on Sept. 30 and close Oct. 10. People interested in running can pick up nomination documents at their local village office or school board office. People are qualified to run for office if they are Canadian citizens, at least 18 years old, and have lived in BC for at least the past six months.