Voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from when they go to the polls next month, particularly for District of Lillooet Council where nine candidates filed papers for four councillors’ positions.
In the race for mayor, incumbent Marg Lampman is seeking her second term as mayor. She also served four terms as a councillor for the District of Lillooet. She was nominated by Russ Oakley and Jodi Pawloski.
Peter Busse is challenging Lampman for the mayor’s chair. This is the first time he has run for office in Lillooet, although he has served as a school trustee in Ontario. He was nominated by Paul Lauzon and Ken Wiebe.
Former mayor Ted Anchor tops the list of candidates for a councillor position. He served briefly as mayor in 2012, resigning after 30 days. He was nominated by Richard Edwards and Patrick Fleming.
This is Vera Busse’s first bid for public office in Lillooet; however she previously served as a councillor for the Village of Clinton. She was nominated for councillor by Lucille Stringer and Pat St. Dennis.
After topping the polls for councillor four years ago, Laurie Hopfl is running for a second term. Her nomination papers were signed by Jacqueline Bzdel and Belinda Watkinson.
Jen Leach has filed papers to run as councillor in her first try at local politics. She was nominated by Mark Rawson and Catherine Rawson.
Jamie Longhurst Howe is also a newcomer to civic politics. She was nominated by Cindy Longhurst and Nicole Hutton.
Norm O’Connell is making his second bid for councillor. He ran in 2014 but was not elected. He was nominated by Ted Anchor and Karen Vanderwolf.
Ken Rhodes has previously run for councillor but was not elected. He was nominated by Ted Anchor and Lorna Anchor.
Bonnie Rounds is also running for a councillor’s seat in her first bid for office in Lillooet. She was nominated by Cailyn Tompkins and Wayde Tompkins.
Incumbent Councillor Barb Wiebe rounds out the list of councillor candidates. She is running for her second council term. Wiebe was nominated by Elaine Balbirnie and David Trudell.
Lillooet is the only community in Gold Trail School District 74 where an election will be held.
Two candidates are vying to represent the District of Lillooet on Gold Trail’s Board of Education. Incumbent Orra Storkan, who was first elected in a by-election in April 2017, is running for her first full-term as a trustee. Storkan was nominated by Denise O’Laney and Jessica McLellan.
Her challenger is newcomer Carl Pawlychka, who was nominated for school trustee by Kevin Taylor and Mary St. Dennis.
Area B Trustee Valerie Adrian was elected by acclamation for her 10th term as a trustee in School District 74. She was nominated by Ken McEwen and Penny James.
Area A Trustee Larry Casper also wins his seat by acclamation. He was nominated by Duane Casper and Aminah Blake. Area A includes Seton Portage, Shalalth, Gold Bridge, Bralorne and the Upper Bridge River Valley.
Lytton resident Donna Aljam was elected by acclamation to represent Area E (Lytton-Spences Bridge) on the Gold Trail Board. She was nominated by Curtis Davis and Ian Hay. Incumbent trustee Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan did not seek re-election.
Candidates for Regional Director, SLRD Area A are current District of Lillooet Councillor John Courchesne, Allan Moritz and Karen Playfair.
In Area B of the SLRD, Vivian Birch-Jones was elected by acclamation. This was her first bid for elected office, but she has been active in the community as president of the Lillooet Naturalist Society, president of Radio Lillooet and also served as a Director on the Lillooet Hospital Board when communities had hospital boards.
If they develop cold feet or have second thoughts, candidates have until Friday, Sept. 21 to withdraw from the election.
Local government elections will be held throughout B.C. on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Advance polls will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
All candidates will be elected for four-year terms.
The Lillooet and District Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge River-Lillooet News will be sponsoring a candidates forum to be held on Oct. 9.