Nomination period has closed for the upcoming municipal election, and now the race begins.
The deadline passed last Friday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. for any candidates seeking to be elected to civic office on Oct. 15.
Even though the final declaration of election will not be made until Monday, Sept. 19 – once the challenge period has concluded – this is the list of candidates currently posted.
It was down to the wire, but its confirmed there are five people running for mayor of Maple Ridge.
Former city councillor Corisa Bell and former MP Dan Ruimy had already announced their intention to challenge incumbent Mike Morden. Now joining the race are Darleen Bernard and Jacques Blackstone.
There are 21 people running for the six councillor positions in Maple Ridge.
These include incumbents Chelsa Meadus, Judy Dueck and Ryan Svendsen, who are all part of the Maple Ridge First slate with Morden.
The other incumbent running for another term is Ahmed Yousef, while fellow councillors Gordy Robson and Kiersten Duncan are not running this year.
Ruimy heads the slate called A Better Maple Ridge, which includes Korleen Carreras, Onyeka Dozie, Sunny Schiller, and Jenny Tan.
Former city councillors joining the race include Craig Speirs and Robert Masse.
Newcomers to the local council race are: Grover Telford, Rebecca Stiles, Jeff Roberts, Andre Roberge, Leah Pillet, Chris O’Brian, Jeffrey Martin, Sarah Little, Lou Jose, Bhupinder Johar, and Rajinder Chhina.
There won’t be a race for mayor in Pitt Meadows.
Councillor Nicole MacDonald is the lone candidate to run, and will take the position by acclamation, replacing outgoing Mayor Bill Dingwall.
But there are 11 people running for six council seats in Pitt Meadows.
These include the incumbents Tracy Miyashita, Mike Hayes, Bob Meachen, and Gwen O’Connell.
Former city councillor Janis Elkerton has also announced her hope to get back on council.
Newcomers include Bryce Casidy, Alison Evans, Mike Manion, and Jag Parmar. Interestingly former city fire chief Don Jolley and deputy fire chief Brad Perrie have both announced they will run.
Running for school board representing Maple Ridge are incumbents Elaine Yamamoto, Mike Murray, Pascale Shaw, and Kim Dumore, and challengers Karen Redkwich, Gabe Liosis, Gladys Hewson, Brian Dominick, Yvonne Desabrais, and Johnnie Day. Of the seven trustee seats, five represent Maple Ridge.
Running for the two seats on the school board representing Pitt Meadows are incumbent Katie Sullivan, and newcomers David Isaac and Hudson Campbell.
More details about the candidates in the coming days, ahead of the Oct. 15 municipal election.
No new candidates can come forward, as the deadline passed on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.
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