Nomination packages are ready for pick up for those with political aspirations in Trail and the surrounding area.
Candidates for the Nov. 15 civic election can drop by city and town offices for the information package that includes, what every candidate needs to know, such as appointing a campaign manager and scrutineer, or how to retain volunteers to handle logistics and distribute flyers.
So far, there’s not been a lot of movement locally, but Warfield’s longtime Chief Election Officer (CEO), Allana Ferro, said that’s not unusual with the nomination period still a month away.
But she’s hoping to see some interest closer to that time, noting that nomination packages are available at the village office from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
In the Silver City, two mayoral candidates, Mike Martin and Doug Jones, have publicly announced their intent to run; Trail councillor Robert Cacchioni has stated he will seek re-election; and first-time candidate, Lisa Pasin, recently announced she’s running for a seat on council.
In the Beaver Valley, Montrose Mayor Joe Danchuk confirmed he’s seeking a second term at a July council meeting, and to date, the village has had one nomination package picked up, but there’s been no one else officially step forward with an announcement.
Fruitvale’s Mayor Patricia Cecchini said last year that she will seek re-election, however no one has picked up the nomination package or indicated a run for council, noted the village’s CEO, Sera Wilcox.
The nomination period for councils and the school board trustees opens at 9 a.m. Sept. 30, and ends Oct. 10 at 4 p.m., which gives candidates seven weeks to consider running and file the necessary paperwork.
This time around, the election term has been upped from three to four years, which could have some members of the community thinking twice before throwing a hat into the ring.
Ali Grieve, Area A director for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says the extra year isn’t a deterrent for her and confirmed she will be running again.
“I believe people should be prepared to enlist for two terms, which is now an 8-year commitment,” she said. “This may turn people off, especially if they are still in the workforce, or have a young family.”
Salmo’s village office has been handing out nomination packages and had a number of people showing interest, but names are not yet forthcoming.
Candidates do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which they are running for office, but must be nominated by two electors in the municipality.
They have to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and lived in B.C. for six months prior to filing their election papers.