Nomination packages snatched up

The wait is over: The District of West Kelowna’s general election nomination packages are now available for mayoral or councillor candidates who want a shot at representing their community.

On Nov. 19, West Kelowna residents will head to the polls to vote for one mayor, six councillors and one school trustee.

As of Tuesday, one mayoral, five councillor and three school trustee packages had been picked up from the West Kelowna election office.

“We now have the packages ready for anyone who is considering running for office and we are available to answer any questions they may have,” said Tracey Batten, West Kelowna’s chief electoral officer.

“The packages include the documents required for nomination but also key information including important dates, links to educational information and council’s strategic priorities and annual report.”

The District of West Kelowna does not release the names of those who have picked up nomination packages.

According to the district communications supervisor, Kirsten Jones, this is because releasing the names “can be misleading,” especially if the person picking up the package decides not to run.

Candidates are required to have 25 qualified nominators sign their nomination form.

In the 2008 election, two candidates ran for mayor and Doug Findlater was elected after receiving more than 70 per cent of the votes.

In the same election, 11 candidates ran for one of six councillor positions.

Meanwhile, in Kelonwa, seven people have picked up papers for mayor and at last count 30 had picked up papers for councillor.


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