Update Sept. 14
With the nomination period for candidacy in the upcoming municipal election closing today, Sept. 14, the list of candidates for the area’s mayor, city council, regional district and school board spots is now set in stone.
Municipal elections in B.C. will be held Oct. 20, and up until then local candidates will be attempting to showcase why they are the best option to represent their communities.
In Salmon Arm the candidates running for mayor are: incumbent Nancy Cooper, Alan Harrison and Jim Kimmerly.
Salmon Arm councillor candidates include: incumbents Chad Eliason, Kevin Flynn, Tim Lavery and Louise Wallace Richmond, as well as Kevin Babcock, Aaron Brookes, Debbie Cannon, Karmen Krahn, Sylvia Lindgren, Wayne Matthews, Jodi McDermott and Chris Meikle.
Running for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District board from Salmon Arm are: Marcel Bedard, Amanda Krebs, David Podlubny, Lawren Richard, Jordan Ross, Daniel Shields, Terry-Mae Sinclair, Dale Townsend, Jenny Vachon and Marianne Vanbuskirk. From Sicamous and Enderby candidates include Quentin Bruns, Fred Busch and Martin Gibbons.
Running for electoral area directors of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District are: incumbent Paul Demenok and Nancy Egely (South Shuswap), incumbent Rene Talbot (Falkland/Salmon Valley/Deep Creek/Ranchero), Leslie Johnson and incumbent Rhona Martin (Sicamous-Malakwa), Will Hansma and Jay Simpson (North Shuswap-Seymour Arm).
For Sicamous mayor, incumbent Terry Rysz is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat.
In the Sicamous council election candidates include: incumbents Colleen Anderson, Gord Bushell, Todd Kyllo, Malcolm Makayev and Jeff Mallmes. Also running are Ryan Airey, Bob Evans, Tammy Chopick-Chouinard, Leanne Komaryk and Judy Moore.
This information comes from candidate lists found through CivicInfo BC and may not immediately reflect nominees who submitted their candidacy shortly before the 4 p.m. deadline on Sept. 14. Should new candidates come to light these lists will be updated as soon as possible.
Two days before the deadline for making their intentions known, the list of candidates in the October municipal election seems somewhat sparse in some areas.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 12, there were three candidates for mayor in Salmon Arm – incumbent Nancy Cooper, Coun. Alan Harrison and newcomer Jim Kimmerly.
On council, incumbents Louise Wallace Richmond, Kevin Flynn and Tim Lavery are seeking re-election.
Also seeking a place on one of six council seats are two former councillors, Debbie Cannon and Wayne Matthews.
Newcomers to the race include Sylvia Lindgren, Chris Meikle and Aaron Brookes.
Candidates who have put their names up for election in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District include incumbents: Area A Rural Golden’s Karen Cathcart, Paul Demenok in Area C, Rhona Martin in Area E Rural Sicamous and Rene Talbot in Area D Falkland/Salmon Valley/Ranchero.
Related: Demenok seeks re-election
In Area F North Shuswap, newcomer Jay Simpson has filed his nomination papers.
Gary Sulz is running for the position of mayor in Revelstoke and, if elected, will likely sit on the CSRD board.
In the last municipal election, nine trustees were elected to the board of North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83. That number has been pared down to five trustees – one from Area 1, which includes City of Armstrong/Township of Spallumcheen/Falkland, Silver Creek, Ranchero (Area D-CSRD).
Trustee Electoral Area 2, which includes City of Enderby/Malakwa (Area E – CSRD),District of Sicamous, Mara, Grindrod and Mabel Lake (Area F of Regional District of North Okanagan), will be represented by one school trustee.
One trustee will also represent Electoral Area 3, which includes North Shuswap, Sorrento and Carlin (Areas C and F of the CSRD).
Two trustees will represent Salmon Arm, which is Area 4.
As of Sept. 12, Carolyn Farris was the only one to have filed nomination papers in Area 1.
Martin Gibbons is seeking election in Area 3 and Marcel Bedard, Amanda Krebs and Donald Podlubny have filed their nominations for the position of Salmon Arm trustee.
Related: Three candidates want mayor’s chair
School District #83 communications rep Alice Hucul believes more would be trustees will step forward by the Sept. 14 deadline.
“The trustee information sessions were well-attended and hopefully people from those sessions will let their names stand for election,” she said.
In Sicamous, Mayor Terry Rysz is seeking re-election as are council incumbents Colleen Anderson, Malcolm Makayev and Jeff Malmes.
In Salmon Arm, the Chamber of Commerce will host an all-candidates forum for would-be councillors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at the Salmar Classic Theatre. A mayoral forum will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Salmar Classic Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Due to time constraints, the question periods will be restricted to written submissions only. Submit your question(s), in advance at www.sachamber.bc.ca and select the link for question submissions.
Questions will be viewed by a chamber subcommittee and will be queued by key topics. Duplicate questions will be encapsulated into one question. Deadline for question submission is Sept. 21. For more information, contact the chamber at 250-832-6247.