Civic races begin in Alberni

Nominations for Alberni's civic elections opened on Tuesday and the jockeying has begun.

  • Oct. 6, 2011 7:00 a.m.

The nomination period for civic elections has begun and already there are contenders for city council, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District and School District 70 positions.

Nominations opened on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and will close on Friday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.. Elections are set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 19.

As of Oct. 5, Coun. John Douglas, Jen Fisher-Bradley and Jacques Savard are running for mayor.

Hira Chopra, Alice Schoffer, Myron Jespersen, Ted McGill, and Seva Dhaliwal have declared for councillor.

There are one mayors position and six councillor positions for the city.

People interested in running for the positions can make appointments to file their papers with Sparrow, who is the city’s chief electoral officer.

“It’s important for people to know that they should file now and not leave it until the last minute,” city clerk Davina Sparrow said.

Seats on the regional district and school board are also open.

As of Oct. 5, Mike Kokura filed his papers to run for the Beaufort seat, and John Bennie filed his nomination for school board.

Other ACRD seats include Beaver Creek, Sproat Lake, Bamfield and Long Beach.

There are six trustee seats open for school board. The chair’s position is decided on by vote among trustees after the election.

Nomination packages for ACRD and school board can be filed at the ACRD office, 3008 Fifth Ave.

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