Council sets June 5 as date to fill seat vacated by Jessica McCallum-Miller. (File photo)

Terrace council sets June 5 as byelection date to fill empty seat

Seat became vacant when Jessica McCallum-Miller resigned

Terrace voters are off to the polls June 5 to select the person who will fill the city council seat vacated when Jessica McCallum-Miller resigned in February.

The person will fill the remainder of McCallum-Miller’s term which expires along with other council members in October 2022.

In resigning, McCallum-Miller said she felt she was not being heard on council, felt there was racism and expressed disappointment at what she said was council’s failings in undergoing Indigenous cultural awareness and sensitivity sessions.

Council March 22 selected Cathy Jackson, an experienced elections official, as the chief election officer and Alisa Thompson, the city’s corporate administrator, as the deputy chief election officer.

Jackson just recently ran the school district byelection to fill the Terrace seat made vacant when Art Erasmus moved away.

Council also approved the spending of $17,000 to run the byelection.

In addition to the general voting day of June 5, there will be two advance polls.

And, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city will ask the provincial municipal affairs ministry for approval to allow voting by mail-in ballot.

The nomination period for the byelection begins April 20 at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. on April 30. Nomination packages are available online or at city hall.