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:
City of Nanaimo council candidates:
Balakrishna (Viraat) Thammanna
Avel Turnip (Debi Corbett)
District of Lantzville mayor candidates:
District of Lantzville council candidates:
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools trustee candidates:
Lisa Marie Barron
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.