The list of candidates who want to run for local office is sparse.
Officially, the list of candidates in Prince Rupert for councillors are Barry Cunningham, Wade Neish, Blair Mirau and Gurvinder Randhawa are running for re-election. New candidates running are Sarah Dantzer, Charmayne Carlson, Nick Adey and Reid Skelton-Morven.
Mayor Lee Brain is also running again, and without any challengers. He won’t be named mayor, officially, until after the challenge and withdrawal period, which ends on Friday, Sept. 21.
The last Prince Rupert city councillor to announced he’s running for re-election is Blair Mirau who revealed the details to supporters on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Lester Centre of the Arts.
“After reflecting on the countless expressions of encouragement and support, I’m excited to share my desire to continue serving my hometown on city council,” Mirau said in a press release.
“Over the last four years, we have seen how collaboration and careful planning can generate results that are in our community’s best interest. I want to use my voice and experience to help us seize the tremendous opportunities before us to realize our city’s full potential.”
District of Port Edward
The entire Port Edward council, and mayor, are looking to be re-elected but they have some competition. Knut Bjorndal, who served as a councillor for six years, and Doug Larsen are running for mayor. For councillor, Murray Kristoff of Kristoff Trucking, who had served as a councillor for 18 years, has thrown his name in the running along with incumbents James Brown, Dan Franzen, Christine MacKenzie and Grant Moore.
For the North Coast Regional District, Des Nobels, for Dodge Cove, and Karl Bergman, for Prince Rupert, have submitted their names for re-election. Bill Beldessi, Ellen Foster, and Evan Putterill are running to represent Moresby Island, while Mike Racz and Johanne Young are running for rural Graham Island.
Some of the school district trustees are running again including Tina Last, Louisa Sanchez, James Horne, Terri-Lynne Huddlestone, Bart Kuntz, but there are some new names on the list with Jessica Newman, Al Ernst, David Cook, Kate Toye, Steve Finnigan Jr. and Kristy Maier.
The nomination period to run for the 2018 general local elections opened on Sept. 4 and closed at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14.
Election day is on Oct. 20.