Voters in Salmo, Kaslo, New Denver, and Silverton will all go to the polls next month to cast ballots in mayoral races, but not in Slocan, where incumbent Jessica Lunn has been acclaimed for another term.
In Salmo, councillor Diana Lockwood is challenging incumbent Stephen White for mayor. Six candidates are running to fill four council seats: incumbents Dan Danforth, Steve Dimock, and Jonathan Heatlie, plus newcomers Jennifer Endersby, Jaqueline Huser, and Farrell Segall.
In Silverton, incumbent mayor Jason Clarke faces a challenge from Don Broughton. Five candidates are running for four council seats: incumbents Carol Bell, Leah Main, and Arlene Yofonoff, plus Kerry Gordon and Tanya Gordon.
In New Denver, fire chief Leonard Casley is running against two-term mayor Ann Bunka. None of the incumbent councillors are running for re-election. The six candidates for four seats are John Fyke, Vern Gustafson, June McMillan, Colin Moss, Gerald Wagner, and Gary Wright. Wright was New Denver’s mayor from 1989 to 2011.
Kaslo has a three-way race for mayor between incumbent Suzan Hewat, former mayor Pat Mackle, and former RDCK Area D director Andy Shadrack.
Seven people are running to fill the four council seats: incumbents Kellie Knoll, Rob Lang, and Henry Van Mill, plus Geoffrey Halliday, Michael Halliday, former councillor Molly Leathwood, and John Rasmussen.
In Slocan, five people are running for council: incumbents Joel Pelletier, Madeleine Perriere, and Burly Van Bynen, plus newcomers Ezra Buller and Denise Default.
In the Regional District of Central Kootenay, seven of the 11 rural directors have been returned by acclamation: Garry Jackman (Area A – East Shore), Aimee Watson (Area D – Rural Kaslo), Tom Newell (Area F – Rural Nelson), Hans Cunningham (Area G – Rural Salmo), Walter Popoff (Area H – Slocan Valley), Andy Davidoff (Area I – Rural Castlegar), and Paul Peterson (Area K – Arrow Lakes).
There will, however, be a race in Area E between incumbent Ramona Faust and Reggie Goldsbury. Elections will also be held in both rural Creston electoral areas. Area B director Tanya Wall faces Keith Goforth and Area C director Larry Binks is in a four-way race against incumbent Creston town councillor Adam Casemore, Tony Mulder, and Elvin Rempel.
Area H residents will also vote in a referendum on providing mosquito control for Winlaw.
Six of nine Kootenay Lake school district trustees have been elected by acclamation, including incumbent Bill Maslechko and former trustee Sheri Walsh in Nelson, incumbent Lenora Trenaman for the North/East Shore, Dawn Lang for Kaslo/Lardeau, and Sharon Nazaroff for Slocan Valley/Bonnington.
Elections will be held for Salmo/Taghum/Blewett where Susan Chew and Lance Gotzy are both running and rural Creston, where incumbents Cody Beebe and Rebecca Huscroft are challenged by Allan Gribbin. Two seats are available.
A full list of candidates in all West Kootenay/Boundary races appears in today’s West Kootenay Advertiser.