Coquitlam's candidate list has been finalized for the 2022 municipal election — set for Oct. 15.
The deadline for interested residents to throw their hat in the ring for mayor, council or school trustee was 4 p.m. today (Sept. 9).
There are three people running for mayor, 22 for a councillor's seat and seven for School District 43's (SD43) board of education.
For Coquitlam, there are nine spots on council, including mayor, and four trustee positions.
The candidates are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Adel Gamar
- Mark Mahovlich
- Richard Stewart (incumbent)
- Brent Asmundson (incumbent)
- Rob Bottos
- Phil Buchan
- Ben Craig
- Mo Darwish
- Matt Djonlic
- Craig Hodge (incumbent)
- Steve Kim (incumbent)
- Paul Lambert
- Sean Lee
- Trish Mandewo (incumbent)
- Dennis Marsden (incumbent)
- Robert Mazzarolo
- Cameron McBryer
- Brian Misera
- Benjamin Perry
- Leslie Roosa
- Zoe Royer
- Harvey Su
- Ali Tootian
- Teri Towner (incumbent)
- Carl Trepanier
- Jennifer Blatherwick (incumbent)
- Carol Cahoon (incumbent)
- Chuck Denison
- Geoffrey Way
- Daniel Westley
- Belinda Wheatley
- Craig Woods (incumbent)
And with campaigning is set to begin, local residents will soon have the opportunity to hear from the nominees.
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) is set to host a Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam/Port Moody all-candidates debate on Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way).
As well, a second all-candidates forum is currently scheduled for Sept. 29 for mayor and council nominees, organized by the Northeast Coquitlam Ratepayers' Association (NECRA), 7 to 9 p.m. at Victoria Hall.
If you're eligible to vote in the 2022 local election, you have three options to ways to vote:
- Mail ballot – eligible voters must fill out an online application form or apply in-person at their respective city halls to receive a mail ballot, and completed mail ballots must be received by the Chief Election Officer before Oct. 15.
- Advance polls – Various locations depending on community
- General Voting Day – Polls will be open on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various location
If you wish to seek a nomination for a civic position, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Be 18 years of age or older on election day (Oct. 15)
- Be a B.C. resident for at least six months immediately before the day you file your nomination papers
- Must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act from voting in a B.C. election or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office
For more information, you can visit the City of Coquitlam's website.