Snuymuxw First Nation logo. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

Snuneymuxw First Nation shuffles leadership with council election

Three incumbents return as five of 10 council seats contested

Snuneymuxw voters chose council representatives to join the First Nation’s leadership group for the next four years.

An election was held Saturday and the councillors elected were Kate Good, Bill Yoachim, Regan Seward, Darren Good and Isaac Thomas.

There were 20 candidates on the ballot and incumbent Kate Good led the polls with 251 votes. Seward and Thomas were other incumbents re-elected. Incumbent Doug White II was not re-elected and Doug White III did not pursue re-election.

Snuneymuxw First Nation holds elections every two years, with the chief elected to a four-year term and half of the 10 council seats contested each election.

Other members of Snuneymuxw council include Chief Michael Wyse and councillors Chris Good, Emmy Manson, Erralyn Joseph, Paul Wyse-Seward and Joe White, Jr.

Results of Saturday’s vote: Kate Good, 251 votes; Bill Yoachim, 233; Regan Seward, 181; Darren Good, 166; Isaac Thomas, 138; Gary Smith, 121; John White, 119; Wanda Good, 117; Margaret White, 113; Doug White II, 105; Geraldine Manson, 94; Charlene Paul, 66; Elizabeth Good, 65; Junior White, 60; Terena Ross, 57; Bridget White, 54; Al White, 52; Elias Wyse, 48; Steven Manson, 33; James Johnny, 28.

474 ballots were cast.

Snaw-Naw-As election next month

The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, meanwhile, will hold its general election Jan. 16. Chief Gordon Edwards will be seeking re-election, with Christopher Bob, Kristen Bob, Samuel Bob and Cheryl Jones also up for election as chief. Council candidates include incumbents Brent Edwards, Natasha Bob and Tom Bob, as well as Barbara Baltrop, Charles Bob, Christopher Bob, Mallory Bob, Marissa Bob, James Edwards and Cheryl Jones. Current councillor Lawrence Mitchell is not seeking re-election.

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation holds general elections every three years.

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