Election 2014: Municipal campaign gets underway

Two all-candidates forums planned in Hope

There will be some new faces around the council chamber in the District of Hope this year.

But who those people will be won’t be known until after Nov. 15.

As nominations for the upcoming civic election closed on Friday, Oct. 10, there were 17 people letting their name stand: four for mayor, 13 for council.

Change will certainly come in the mayor’s chair following the decision by Susan Johnston not to seek re-election. Hoping to replace her are four people: Lloyd Forman, Glen Ogren, Wilfried Vicktor and Cindy Young.

The race for council is a bit more crowded. But with only three incumbents seeking re-election, there is certain to be change there as well. Gerry Dyble, Donna Kropp and Scott Medlock are all hoping for another term.

They’ll be joined in the race by Donna Burns, Bob Erickson, Robert Haley, Stuart Hartmann, Ryan Mohle, Dusty Smith, Matt Steberl, Heather Stewin, Hondo Stroyan and Kellen Zerr.

Voters living in Electoral Area A of the Fraser Valley Regional District will have three names to chose from: Lloyd Forman, James Fougere and Terry Raymond.

Dennis Adamson in Electoral Area B was acclaimed.

Positions on the Fraser-Cascade school board will be contested this year.

The three incumbents in the Hope electoral area in District 78 – Marv Cope, Pat Furness and Linda McMullen – are all seeking re-election.

But also vying for seats are Kerri Duplessis, Robert Genaille, John Koopman and Heather Stewin.

(District 78 use a ward system to provide better geographic representation.)

In the Agassiz-Harrison electoral area two incumbents are seeking re-election: Ron Johnstone and Rose Tustian. The rest of the field includes Fiona Delcourt , Cindy Ferguson, Leah Ochoa and Marilyn Warren.

In the Canyon electoral area Tom Hendrickson was acclaimed.

Hope voters will have two opportunities to hear from their candidates in the weeks ahead.

The Hope Chamber of Commerce has organized two all-candidates meetings. The first, on Oct. 28, will be for mayoral candidates. The second, on Nov. 3, will be for council candidates.

Both events will be in the conference room of the rec centre and will get under way at 6:30 p.m.

For more ongoing election coverage, go to www.hopestandard.com/municipalelection

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