Councillor Aitken won't seek re-election

There will be at least two new faces on District of Lillooet Council after next month’s local government elections.

Councillor Kevin Aitken told the News Friday, Sept. 7 that he will not seek a second term. Councillor John Courchesne previously announced he would not seek a third term.

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“It was a hard decision, but there are other things I want to focus on,” said Aitken. “I’m sad to be walking away but I’m happy with what our council accomplished.”

He did not rule out running again in 2022.

“I’ll be thinking about that four years from now,” he added.

As of Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, five candidates had filed their nomination papers for District of Lillooet Council – Peter Busse and incumbent mayor Marg Lampman for mayor; Vera Busse and incumbent Councillors Laurie Hopfl and Barb Wiebe for council.

This is the first time in Lillooet that a husband and wife have filed papers to serve on the same municipal council. The District of Lantzville has a mayor and councillor who are married and serving on its seven-member council.

Incumbent school trustees Valerie Adrian and Orra Storkan have filed their nomination papers; Trustee Storkan will be challenged by Carl Pawlychka.

Area A Director Debbie Demare and Area B Director will not be running for another term on the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board.

Candidates for District of Lillooet Council, Areas A and B of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Gold Trail Board of Education have until 4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 14 to file their nomination papers.

Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 20.

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