Following last month’s nominations, the list of candidates for the 2015 Kitselas Band Council election is now official, with four candidates for chief on the ballot and 17 candidates vying for six spots on council.
That’s one more council spot than in previous years thanks to an increase in Kitselas’ population.
Before this year its population was just shy of 600, with the Indian Act election code specifying that for every 100 band members there will be an additional councillor position added.
The nation’s population has now passed 600, meaning there are now six council spots up for grabs.
Nominated for chief is current chief Joe Bevan, Glenn Bennett, William (Bill Bolton), and Brian Seymour.
The list of council candidates includes all five current councillors, Clarisa Spencer, Gerald Seymour, Judy Gerow, Wilfred Bennett Sr., and Wilfred (Web) Bennett Jr.
The other 12 candidates are:
William (Bill) Bolton, Dawn L.E. (Wale) Derrick, Shirley Gray, Cora Kennedy, Alfred S. McDames, Lloyd McDames Sr., Roxanne Ridler, Brian Seymour, Patricia Squires, Lynn Wright, Victor Wright, and Bonita (Bonnie) Young-Mercer.
Polling day is June 12.
The ballots will be sent out by Electoral Officer Loreen Suhr and any member may request a mail-in ballot package from her.
There will be mail-in ballot packages available in the office 10 days before the election for the last minute need.
For more information, contact Loreen Suhr at: www.loreensuhrelections.ca