Islanders interested in running for a seat on the school board, regional district or municipal councils have until Friday (Oct. 14) at 4 pm to hand in their nomination forms.
As of Tuesday morning, Masset had received one nomination for council and Port had received one nomination for council (from longtime council member Gerry Johnson). In soon-to-be-incorporated Queen Charlotte, which is holding its first-ever election for a mayor and council, Carol Kulesha has handed in nomination papers for mayor, Gladys Noddin is running for council, and Christine Martynuik is running for school trustee.
Nominations are open for six local government bodies on the islands – the school board (with five trustee seats available), the villages of Masset, Port and Queen Charlotte (each has one mayor and four councilor seats to fill), the regional district (one director seat for rural Graham Island and one for Moresby Island), and the Moresby Island Management Committee (five members and three alternates to be elected).
Elections will be held in just over a month, on Saturday Nov. 19. However, some positions may be acclaimed before then if only one nomination comes in, said regional district chief election officer Janet Beil.
Nomination forms are available at the Masset village office, Port village office, Queen Charlotte community office and Sandspit community office. Candidates have until Friday at 4 pm sharp to fill out the forms and hand them in – either at one of these offices or – for the school board, regional district and management committee elections – by faxing the form to the regional district office in Prince Rupert. (Ms Beil said candidates who fax their forms must make sure they arrive in Rupert by 4 pm Oct. 14, and must mail the originals to arrive in Rupert by the following Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 pm.)
The Port village office, which usually closes at 1 pm, will be open Friday until 4 pm in order to receive nominations, said administrator Dana Schmidt. The Masset and Queen Charlotte offices are open until 4:30 or 5 pm, but nominations must be handed in by 4 pm.
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