New faces sign up to run in Warfield

Newcomers Ted Pahl, Bill Trewhella and Jim Nelson have entered the mayoral race in Warfield.

There could be new blood on Warfield council for the next four years after three new faces threw their names into the mix this week.

Ted Pahl, a working father of four, confirmed with the Trail Times that there will be a mayoral race in the village for the first time in six years after he filed the necessary paperwork Tuesday.

Pahl is a first-time candidate in the political arena, but the 45-year old is eager to take on the position, as is Bill Trewhella and Jim Nelson. The latter have both served Warfield as mayor and councillor and are ready for another go.

Newcomers Diane Langman and Shane Ferraro are seeking one of four seats on Warfield council alongside former village councillor Brett Rakuson and incumbent Tom Milne.

Others with political aspirations in local government have until today at 4 p.m. to file.

Trail voters could see an interesting race in city politics now that 10 candidates are signed up for a seat on the six-member council and three names are up for the mayoral position.

Donal Park, Carol Dobie and former councillor Fred Romano joined the list on Thursday, according to the provincial government sector website ( They will run against Lisa Pasin, former Trail Mayor Sandy Santori, and the five incumbents, Robert Cacchioni, Kevin Jolly, Eleanor Gattafoni-Robinson, Sean Mackinlay, and Rick Georgetti.

Roger Catalano is the latest to join the mayor’s race with Mike Martin and Doug Jones.

With four seats open on Montrose council, only two candidates, incumbents Mary Gay and Cindy Cook have let their names stand for re-election.  But the village’s 838 voters will still have a say on Nov. 15 because incumbent Joe Danchuk is hoping to retain his mayoral job against former Mayor of Montrose, Griff Welsh.

Fruitvale’s Mayor Patricia Cecchini remained unopposed by Thursday afternoon with only two people, incumbent Tabatha Webber and newcomer James Ellison listed as candidates for the village’s four-member council.

With only five weeks left until the civic election, the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce (TCOC) will be hosting a mayoral meet-and-greet on Oct. 23.

Candidates from Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale will make a brief presentation before answering questions and talking with the event’s attendees.

All candidates forums are being planned by the TCOC, including Oct. 28 in Montrose, Oct. 30 in Trail, Warfield’s Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in Fruitvale.

In the regional district race, incumbents Ali Grieve from Area A and Area B’s Linda Worley remain unopposed. However, if additional candidates file by Friday’s deadline, they will be invited to join the forum in Fruitvale and Warfield respectively.

Norm Casler, TCOC’s executive director, said the chamber is actively looking for interested parties to facilitate the Greater Trail forums. For information contact Casler at or call 368.3144.

Salmo politics are heating up with two mayoral candidates, Dennis McLean and Stephen White, on the roster and an eight-way race for the village’s four member council.

Incumbents Merle Hanson and Bob Vliet were listed on the civic website Thursday afternoon as were Ken Anderson, Dan Danforth, Steven Dimock, Diana Lockwood, Curtis Richens and Jim Mullaly.

The Golden City has six council seats up for grabs, and by press time Thursday, five candidates had filed, including incumbent Jill Spearn, Aaron Cosbey, John Greene, Lloyd McLellan and Andrew Morel.

Rossland’s current Mayor Greg Granstrom is vying for another four years in office and will be running against current Rossland Coun. Kathy Moore.

The Rotary Club of Rossland will be hosting an all candidates forum Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Rossland Miners’ Hall. For information, contact Fred Behrens at

With a total of nine trustee seats up for grabs in School District 20, at this point Trail is the only community that could see campaigning in a three-way race for two seats. Terry Hanik is seeking a seat on the board of education as are incumbents Lorraine Manning and Mark Wilson.

Casler noted that school trustee candidates will be invited to be part of the forums in their communities.

For the final list of candidates see Tuesday’s edition of the Trail Times.

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