The day to make it official is finally here: nomination day. On Sept. 4, candidates can formally submit their names for the municipal election and school board trustees for the 2018 race.
Less than three hours before the Sept. 4 council meeting, Lee Brain, the current mayor of Prince Rupert, announced on Facebook that he is running for re-election. His post gave a brief history of the work accomplished in his four-year term, including the decommisioning of Watson Island and his Hays 2.0 presentation.
“I believe this path is the way forward for positive change in our community and would like your support to achieve even more progress for Prince Rupert over the next four years — and to take us to the next level,” Brain wrote.
The entire council of the District of Port Edward already announced their intentions to run for election on Aug. 14. In Prince Rupert, councillor Wade Neish said he will run again in a report to council on Aug. 20. Two days later, councillor Barry Cunningham posted on social media that he also is running for another term.
Meanwhile, councillor Blair Mirau took to Twitter on Aug. 26 to say he will share his decision on whether or not he will run again following a family vacation.
1/For everyone asking whether I will run for Council again, I'm grateful for your words of encouragement.
I'll share my final decision after returning from a family vacation next week. #PrinceRupert
— Blair Mirau (@blairmirau) August 26, 2018
Sarah Dantzer, a director of Transition Prince Rupert, is running as well. If elected, she would be a new face on council, although she has already begun sitting in on council meetings from the public benches.
At tonight’s council meeting, the agenda shows council passed a motion in a closed meeting to reappoint the Prince Rupert Library board of directors. Andrea Wilmot, Devlin Fernandes and Dale White have been appointed to another two-year term.
After a presentation from Ridley Terminals Inc.’s president and CEO at the Aug. 20 council meeting, councillor Joy Thorkelson asked to write a letter to the federal government opposing the proposed sale of the terminal in Prince Rupert. After some discussion, Mayor Lee Brain said a letter would be considered by councillors at the next council meeting, on Sept. 4.