Candidate lists finalized for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Nomination deadline passes in advance of Oct. 20 local government elections

There will be a lot of names on the ballot as Nanaimo voters choose their next city council.

The nomination deadline passed today, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m., so the list of local government election candidates is now finalized.

Forty candidates are running for eight seats on Nanaimo city council. Four candidates are running for mayor.

Fred Pattje, president of Our Nanaimo, a non-partisan society aiming to educate and engage voters, said he wished to remain impartial and wouldn’t comment on the calibre of the group of candidates.

“I think there’s hope, let’s leave it at that,” Pattje said. “This council needs a new beginning and I’m looking for change and I’m hoping for change. The long and short of it is we have gone through four very difficult years, not only for those on council, but certainly for the population.”

Twenty people are vying to become trustees with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.

In the District of Lantzville, there are three mayoral candidates and 11 council candidates.

In the Regional District of Nanaimo, area C director Maureen Young and area E director Bob Rogers have been acclaimed, as no other candidates put their names forward in those areas. Young represents Extension, Arrowsmith-Benson, East Wellington, Pleasant Valley, while Rogers represents Nanoose Bay.

Two candidates are running for area A, Cassidy, Cedar, Yellow Point, South Wellington, and two are running in area B, Gabriola Island.

City of Nanaimo mayoral candidates:

Ray Farmere

Don Hubbard

Eike Jordan

Leonard Krog

City of Nanaimo council candidates:

Sheryl Armstrong

Guy Beaulieu

Don Bonner

Bob Breuker

Tyler Brown

Brunie Brunie

Gord Fuller

Ben Geselbracht

Pele Gouda

Erin Hemmens

Jerry Hong

Peter Kent

Rae Kornberger

Gary Korpan

Brian Loos

Zeni Maartman

Lloyd MacIlquham

Jeet Manhas

Bill Manners

Darcy Olsen

Ken (Ozzy) Osborn

Conrad Peach

Alexis Petersen

Wendy Pratt

Michael Ribicic

Noah Routley

Richard Scott

David Simpson

Norm Smith

Rick Smith

Fred Statham

Kevin Storrie

Balakrishna (Viraat) Thammanna

Al Thompson

Ian Thorpe

Jim Turley

Avel Turnip (Debi Corbett)

Peter Urquhart

Trent Whaley

Ashley Zboyovsky

District of Lantzville mayor candidates:

Bob Colclough

Stan Pottie

Mark Swain

District of Lantzville council candidates:

Steven Dickinson

John Dunn

Will Geselbracht

Joan Moody

Dot Neary

Scott Neis

Douglas Parkhurst

Karen Proctor

Ian Savage

Calvin Williams

Jamie Wilson

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustee candidates:

Bill Bard

Lisa Marie Barron

Tania Brzovic

Jennifer Clarke

Hunter Ehrismann

Richard Finnegan

Corinne Furtmann

Patti Grand

Stephanie Higginson

Greg Keller

Scott Kimler

Charlene McKay

Chantel O’Neill

Bill Robinson

TerryLynn Saunders

Jen Skogland

Jessica Stanley

Marilyn Sullivan

Matt Szeler

Elaine Wilkinson

Regional District of Nanaimo director candidates:

Sharon Thomson, Area A

Keith Wilson, Area A

Vanessa Craig, Area B

Howard Houle, Area B

Maureen Young, Area C

Bob Rogers, Area E

Our Nanaimo and the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present two candidate forums. On Oct. 9, there will be an all-candidates’ fair for City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools candidates at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, followed by a mayoral debate. An all-candidates’ meeting for councillors will follow on Oct. 15 at the conference centre. Candidates need to complete an application and participants will be selected based on perceived merit.

The Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association told the News Bulletin it will host an all-candidates’ meeting for school trustees, but scheduling hasn’t yet been determined.

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