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Charles Jeanes drops out of Nelson council race

The move leaves 10 candidates for six council seats
Charles Jeanes says he won’t run in the Oct. 15 election. Photo courtesy of Elections BC

And then there were 10.

Charles Jeanes said Thursday he’s decided to withdraw from running for Nelson city council in the Oct. 15 election because he isn’t allowed to host his Kootenay Co-Op Radio show The History Hour while also campaigning.

A Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission rule prohibits on-air personalities from broadcasting during an election if they are also candidates.

“These candidates should be removed from their on-air duties during the election period or on the date their candidacies are announced, whichever is later. Offering a similar on-air opportunity to an on-air candidate’s opponents is no longer an option.”

Kootenay Co-Op Radio operating and programming manager Ed Zych told the Star that elected officials can host shows, but if Jeanes were to be elected The History Hour would face a programming review for political content.

Jeanes finished last in voting among council candidates in the last three Nelson municipal elections.

His departure from the ballot leaves 10 candidates remaining for six council seats. They include incumbents Keith Page, Rik Logtenberg and Jesse Woodward as well as newcomers Ainsleah Hastings, Leslie Payne, Jesse Pineiro, Brenton Raby, Glenn Sutherland, Kate Tait and Kyle Wilkinson.


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About the Author: Tyler Harper

I’m editor-reporter at the Nelson Star, where I’ve worked since 2015.
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