Deadline nears for council nominations

Eleven candidates running for the position of city councillor have officially filed their nomination papers as the starting gun for November's municipal election campaign is set to go off, though more are expected to add to the list as the deadline nears.

Eleven candidates running for the position of city councillor have officially filed their nomination papers as the starting gun for November’s municipal election campaign is set to go off, though more are expected to add to the list as the deadline nears.

As of noon Wednesday (Oct. 12), the only council incumbents to officially announce their intentions to seek re-election were Fred Pattje, Jim Kipp and Ted Greves.

Others who are in the race for a council seat include: George Anderson, Diane Brennan, Brunie Brunie, Chris Cathers, Gord Fuller, Zeni Maartman, Darcy Olsen and Trent Snikkers.

Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan formally announced earlier this month he will seek a second term, but according to Kris King, deputy election officer, no nomination papers for the position of mayor were filed by any mayoral hopeful as of Wednesday morning.

The deadline for nomination documents is Friday (Oct. 14) at 4 p.m.

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they are a Canadian citizen; are 18 years of age or older on voting day; have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting or running in a municipal election.

Nomination packages are available at the Legislative Services Department at city hall, 455 Wallace St., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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