Election 2014: Candidate not permitted to withdraw from Area C race

Election 2014: Ministry refuses to allow South Shuswap candidate to withdraw from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District elections.

The Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development has advised Columbia Shuswap Regional District Chief Election Officer Linda Shykora that it will not allow the withdrawal of Richard Norman as a candidate in the Electoral Area ‘C’ director 2014 election.

Norman advised attendees of his intention to withdraw from the municipal race due to “personal reasons” at an all-candidates meeting held Tuesday night at Sorrento Memorial Hall.

Norman also made his intention known in a letter to Shykora, who wrote a letter to Victoria asking for permission for him to withdraw.

In a Nov. 9 press release Norman released his reasons for attempting to withdraw from the race.

“I was dealing with a health issue at the time I made this decision and was not  certain how detrimental it would be for my participation in the rest of the campaign. I am a cancer survivor.  My checkups have always been positive, but as anybody who has been through this experience knows, one becomes much more mindful of  their health and symptoms,” he said, noting he believed it best to err on the side of caution. “My family had concerns and encouraged me to step back.”

Norman says the matter has been resolved.

“Because Elections B.C. still considers me an active candidate, I will still continue to make my platform known,” he wrote. “Regardless of the outcome of the election, I intend to remain involved in community issues.”

The three candidates for the Electoral Area ‘C’ South Shuswap director position are Richard Norman, Paul Demenok and Alan McLelland.


Qualified voters may place their votes in an advance poll from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the CSRD office 781 Marine Park Dr. in

Salmon Arm.


Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on general voting day Saturday, Nov. 15 at the following locations in Electoral Area C.

• Sunnybrae Community Hall, 3595 Sunnybrae/Canoe Point Rd.

• Sorrento Memorial Hall, 1148 Passchendaele Rd.

• Eagle Bay Community Hall, 4326 Eagle Bay Rd.

• Cedar Centre – 2316 Lakeview Dr.

For more information, visit www.csrd.bc.ca.


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