The race for city council is on.
In total, 13 candidates have thrown their hat into the ring.
“It’s a large number for a byelection,” said Norma Felker the election returning officer.
To put it in perspective, only 12 people ran in the 2009 municipal election. And that was for six council seats.
All candidates are vying for one seat, vacated by Doug Graham.
Graham resigned from council last month after winning a seat in the territorial legislature.
He’s now minister of Health And Social Services.
Murray Martin, Pat Berrel, Norm Hamilton, Mike Tribes, Harry Hrebien, Kirn Dhillon, Cam Kos, Linda Bonnefoy, Kirk Cameron, Ted Lambert, Patrick Singh, Duke Connelly and Martin Lehner, have all put their names forward.
The election is scheduled for December 1, with advanced polls opening on the week before, on November 24.
While the city won’t have time to enumerate everyone, those not on the list don’t have to worry.
All you have to do vote is provide one piece of photo ID.
That’s a far cry from the recent territorial election where those that missed the enumeration not only had to provide two pieces of ID, but also bring along a neighbour to vouch for them.
“[Voters] won’t have to go through all the bells and whistles that they did for the territorial election,” said Felker.
Even those without valid photo ID can still vote, they just have to swear an oath.
However people do have to make sure to vote where they are listed, she said.
Those lists will be posted in all city buildings by the end of this week.
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