A whopping eight people have stepped forward to run in Oliver’s byelection.
Nominations closed Fri., Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
Nine people had initially put there name forward, however, retired, former school trustee Fiona Wood withdrew her name on the final day. Linda Schultz, deputy chief election officer, said it is almost the same number of people who stepped forward during the town’s 2013 byelection.
“For some reason we get big numbers of candidates but there was only 767 votes so not a lot of people come out to vote in byelections,” she said.
The position was left vacant after longtime politician Jack Bennest announced his retirement from council earlier this fall. The news came as shock to many as the new person on council will hold their seat for less than a year with the general municipal election taking place Oct. 20, 2018.
The cost of the byelection is estimated at just over $11,000.
The advanced poll takes place Nov. 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre and general voting day is Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. also at the Oliver Community Centre.
Candidates in the byelection come from all different backgrounds including local business owners, a former mayor, new people in town and even a retired military master corporal who just medalled in the Invictus Games.
Here’s what we know about the candidates so far:
Current marketing and promotions manager at Frank Venables Theatre at Southern Okanagan Secondary School.
Former Oliver Mayor 2008 to 2011, former two-term councillor.
Wine tour driver for South Okanagan Limo and part-time driver for Murray’s Pizza.
Property owner and co-operator of vacation rental in Oliver called Corked on the Green and owner of rental duplex in Vancouver.
Director for Shiny Happy Properties Inc., and investor in Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium Ltd., Oliver Osoyoos Community Crematorium Ltd.
Security for several businesses and organizations including CSC, ICM and Kingsman.
Senior sales representative at 7-11 Corp.
Retired master corporal in the armed forces, cycling medalist in the 2017 Invictus Games.
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