Election 2014: New faces vying for Islands Trust seats

Four fresh candidates from Gabriola Island will be contending for two spots on the Islands Trust council in the upcoming civic election.

Four fresh candidates from Gabriola Island will be contending for two spots on the Islands Trust council in the upcoming civic election.

Chris Bowers, former editor and publisher of The Flying Shingle newspaper; Melanie Mamoser, an environmental protection officer with the Ministry of Environment; Heather Nicholas, an editor and manager with New Society Publishers and a library assistant; and Peter Phillips, a former Islands Trust bylaw enforcement officer will have their names on the ballot.

The Islands Trust is an organization of local governments governing islands in the Salish Sea, including Gabriola and Salt Spring Islands.

Bowers, Mamoser, Nicholas and Phillips are four of 38 candidates that are vying for 24 Islands Trust trustee positions.

“Our island communities are usually very engaged with local elections,” said Linda Adams, chief administrative officer of Islands Trust, in a press release.

Sheila Malcolmson, a current trustee and board trust chairwoman, will not be seeking re-election as she recently received the federal NDP nomination for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding. Trustee Giselle Rudischer will not be seeking another term, either.

The Islands Trust chairperson and vice-chairpeople are elected by trustees. That vote is expected to take place at the trust’s inaugural meeting in December.

For more civic election coverage, go to www.nanaimobulletin.com/municipalelection.

General voting day for Nanaimo and other municipalities across the province is Nov. 15.

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