Courtenay voters have plenty of choices for mayor, council

Four mayoral candidates and 16 council candidates

The nomination period has ended and the Courtenay electorate will have plenty of choices available on Oct. 20.

There are four people running for position of mayor, and 16 council candidates.

The four mayoral candidates are (in alphabetical order), Erik Eriksson, Larry Jangula, Harold Long, and Bob Wells. Jangula is the incumbent, while both Eriksson and Wells served the past term as councillors.

The 16 candidates for council include Will Cole-Hamilton, Brennan Day, Darwin Dzuba, David Frisch, Tom Grant, Doug Hillian, Kiyoshi Kosky, Jin Lin, Penny Marlow, Melanie McCollum, Wendy Morin, Judi Murakami, Murray Presley, Deana Simkin, Manno Theos and Starr Winchester.

Hillian, Frisch and Theos are incumbents, meaning there will be at least three new councillors voted in. There are six council positions to be filled.

Janice Caton and Kathleen Hawksby will be acclaimed as school trustees.

There will also be the following non-binding referendum question on the ballot: “Are you in favour of conducting a study, in partnership with the Province of BC, to review the governance structures and policies of the City of Courtenay and other local governments within the Comox Valley to consider the feasibility and implications of restructure?”

Advance polls will be held Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at Courtenay City Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day is on Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre and Queneesh Elementary school.

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