ONE of the longhouses at the start of the Kitselas First Nation trail leading to a viewing platform to the Kitselas Canyon.

Joe Bevan returns as Kitselas First Nation chief councillor

Northwestern B.C. First Nation also selected a six-member council

JOE BEVAN has been elected to a third two-year term as chief councillor of the Kitselas First Nation.

He placed first among nine candidates, gathering 95 votes with his closest competitor, Glenn Bennett, collecting 50 votes.

Mel Bevan followed with 39 votes, Chad Gerow with 23, Lynn Wright-Parker with 20, Jodie McKay with 10, Shirley Gray with 6, William Bolton also with 6 and Freda Wright with 1. There was one rejected ballot.

Voting was held yesterday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and results released last night by returning officer Loreen Suhr.

Four of the six Kitselas First Nations councillors were re-elected – Judy Gerow, Roxanne Ridler, Gerald Seymour and Clarisa Spencer. They’ll be joined by Cyril (CJ) Bennett and Sue Bevan. Gerow topped the councillor votes by gathering in 100.

Wilfred Bennett Sr. and Lynn Wright-Parker were not successful in their bids to return as councillors.

There were 23 people in all running for the six council positions.

The Kitselas First Nation has taken an active role in the provincial government’s attempt to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry by signing numerous agreements with the province tied to natural gas pipeline and LNG plant construction.