Terrace election race gets crowded

A CROWDED electoral field awaits Terrace voters when they cast ballots in local elections Nov. 19 with five people running for mayor and 13 vying for one of six council seats.

Current mayor Dave Pernarowski, who is just finishing his first three-year term, is being challenged by current first-term city councillor Bruce Martindale and newcomers Don Dunster, Jennifer Lewis and Merv Ritchie.

On the city council side, while current councillors Brad Pollard (he’s opted to run for a regional district seat instead) and Carol Leclerc are not running again, Bruce Bidgood, Brian Downie and Lynne Christiansen filed papers by the Oct. 14 deadline.

Joining them in the race is Marylin Davies, a former councillor defeated in 2008, James Cordeiro who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, MaryAnn Freeman, who ran unsuccessfully for a school  board seat in 2008, Tamara Ainscow, Chris Gee, Martin Holzbauer, Tyson Hull, Dan LeFrancois, Mike Ross and Stacey Tyers.

The number of mayoral and council candidates is believed to be the highest in both categories in decades.

In 2008, for example, there were three mayoral candidates and 10 people running for a city council seat.

Those elected Nov. 19 will serve for three years.

In terms of who did the nominating for mayor, Pernarowski was nominated by Brad Pollard and Earl Houlden. Martindale was nominated by Mark Forgie and Richard McDaniel. Lewis was nominated by Cynthia Ridler and Jacqueline Munson. Don Dunster was nominated by Jay Fraser and Gary Shannon. And Ritchie was nominated by Dave Toop and Cynthia Wunderlich.

As for council, Ainscow was nominated by Dave Pernarowski and Melanie Denomme, Bidgood by Leona Murray and Carol Leclerc, Christiansen by Aileen McKinnon and Norm Frank, Cordeiro by Kirsten Cordeiro and Alexander Vogel, Davies by Bonnie Juniper and Blair Pylot, and Downie by Bill McRae and Donna Demers.

Freeman by Arnold Peters and Zwaantje Wiebenga, Gee by Kieran Campbell and Terri Williamson, Holzbauer by Donna Stach and John Roders, Hull by Christine Leclerc, Elsie Murphy and Lucy Botelho, LeFrancois by Marc Grais and Rose Schibli, Ross by Davis Lindsay and Patrick Watson and Tyers by Alexandra Loggin and Tanya Gauvin.

Oct. 19, 2011. Martin Holzbauer subsequently withdrew his name as a Terrace council candidate.

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