Plenty of Choice for Voters

Well, all the papers are filed and residents of this area will have to make their choices from one of the largest slates in recent memory.

Well, all the papers are filed and residents of this area will have to make their choices from one of the largest slates in recent memory.

With three mayoral candidates and 18 council contenders, it’s going to be a lively, and challenging exercise for voters to determine those who will get an ‘X’ beside their name on Nov. 19, and those who will remain blank.

The mayor’s race went from a two-way to a three-way race at the last minute with the addition of 81-year-old Ronald Telfer, a retired navy commander who moved to Canoe 14 months ago.

While positions were acclaimed in the two previous elections, this time Salmon Arm voters will also have a chance to select their school trustees. Marcel Bedard, the city’s bylaw enforcement officer, has made it a contest for the two spaces, as he joins the incumbents Bobbi Johnson and Dr. Michel Saab.

The candidates’ list shows a wide diversity — which I find delightful, as different perspectives in our local government can only serve the community well. We’ve got men, women, young people and seniors, parents, grandparents, retired and working citizens. There’s a significant number of incumbents with Debbie Cannon, Chad Eliason, Alan Harrison, Ivan Idzan and Ken Jamieson, plus some more candidates with past council experience.

One of the more unique candidates this time around is Ted Bacigalupo, who is running for both Salmon Arm City council and attempting to retain his current seat for Area C South Shuswap.

So voters are clear, this is entirely legal and above-board. While I hadn’t heard of it before, there are no rules that limit the number of elected offices a person can hold. Indeed, this has happened many times across the province before.

A person can not hold more than one position in one municipality. For example, the same person could not be Salmon Arm’s mayor and a city council member. But holding multiple elected offices is entirely acceptable.

Under the election rules, candidates also do not have to live in the jurisdiction where they are running. You or I, for example, could run for mayor of Vancouver, if we so desired.

Voters ultimately get to decide on the mayor and six council members to represent our community, so the best thing voters can do is try to become informed about the candidates, their values and where they stand on the issues that are important to you.

The Observer is planning to ask the candidates the same series of questions, so voters will be able to compare and contrast the candidates’ answers over the next four weeks of the campaign. If you have a question, you would like us to ask, email me at newsroom@saobserver.net. We will try to incorporate our readers’ interests into our questions. Happy voting.

 

Just Posted

This Doughnut of society and planetary boundaries from Doughnut Economics is described as a compass for human prosperity in the 21st century, whose goal is to meet the needs of all people within the means of the planet. (Kate Raworth and Christian Guthier image. CC-BY-SA 4.0)
P0st-pandemic: Shuswap resident puts focus on how community can thrive

Groups hire expert to find path for city to recovery and sustainability

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)
Okanagan College students get animated at graduation

‘The pandemic has resulted in more video consumption and the animation industry is so hot right now because of it’

Salmon Arm RCMP seize a handgun, drugs and cash at a Silver Creek property on Friday, May 14, 2021. (File photo)
Police seize handgun, drugs and cash at a Shuswap property

Salmon Arm RCMP said warrant for Silver Creek revealed cannabis, possible cocaine, magic mushrooms

Salmon Arm RCMP are seeking witnesses to a single-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 1 on May 16, 2021. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP seek persons who transported injured driver, motorcycle to hospital

Motorcyclist involved in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 1

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)
Thieves nabbed by Barriere Mounties during McLure break-ins

Police Service Dog Kody instrumental in making the arrest

(File photo)
Repeated cougar sighting on Okanagan Rail Trail

Plenty of bear sightings around the valley too

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Royal Bay Secondary School’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized shortly after being painted but by Monday, coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the crosswalk had been cleaned up and students had surrounded it with chalk messages of support and celebration. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C. high’s school’s pride crosswalk restored following ‘hateful’ graffiti attack

Hate terms, racial slur, phallic images spray-painted at Greater Victoria high school

RCMP vest
Penticton beach brawl results in one arrest but no charges

People took to social media after a fight broke out at the fire pits at Okanagan Lake Saturday

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

A single motorcycle parked outside of the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street on July 9, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna Hells Angels prospect sentenced to 9 months in jail for aggravated assault

Colin Michael Bayley pleaded guilty to the downtown Kelowna assault earlier this month

Vernon Search and Rescue, along with Shuswap members, rescued three kayakers near Lumby Sunday, May 16, 2021. (VSAR Instagram)
3 kayakers rescued in North Okanagan

Shuswap, Vernon search and rescue teams make swift-water rescue Sunday

Most Read