An all-candidates forum has been planned for the upcoming Kitsumkalum election.
The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom, in order to accommodate pandemic safety precautions on Monday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Candidates are not required to participate, but those who do wish to participate must notify the electoral officer by 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Voters who simply wish to watch the forum do not need to confirm attendance.
Visit kitsumkalum.com/candidate-forum-zoom-meeting-kitsumkalum-election-2021-feb-8th/ for details of how to log in to the Zoom meeting, as well as contact information for the electoral officer.
The election is set for Feb. 24.
Chief Councillor Don Roberts is seeking an eighth two-year term in the top seat, facing opposition from several candidates including Nicole Halbauer who ran unsuccessfully as the NDP candidate against BC Liberal Ellis Ross in the Skeena riding in last fall’s provincial election. James Cooley, Janice Robinson and Troy Sam were also nominated for the top job. Robinson and Sam also ran for the chief councillor’s spot in the 2019 band council elections.
Halbauer and Sam are also among 21 people vying for one of the seven councillor seats up for grabs. Kitsumkalum election rules allow for a person to seek election to more than one position.
Sam is also an incumbent band councillor and the other six incumbents are also running again — Cynthia Bohn, Wayne Bolton, Kenneth Brown, Aaron Horner, Kathy Wesley and Lisa Wesley.
Matthew Bartlett, James Bohn, Warren Bolton, William Christiansen, Michelle Horner, Armin Musterer, Neil Okabe, William Osborne, Marcel Robinson, Christina Sam-Stanley, Herbert Spalding, Jeanette Spalding and Charlene Webb round out the councillor candidate list.
-With files from Rod Link