Brad West has been acclaimed has has won a second term as Port Coquitlam mayor after no one signed up to run in opposition.
The city'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).
West will get to serve another four years as a result.
Same goes for the municipality's two trustee spots on School District 43's (SD43) board of education, with Michael Thomas and Christine Pollock earned a third and second term respectively.
Meanwhile, there are 18 people vying for a councillor's seat.
For Port Coquitlam, there are seven spots around the PoCo horseshoe.
Candidates set to campaign for the remaining six seats are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Dawn Becker
- Cindy Carkner
- Ivanka Culjak
- Steve Darling (incumbent)
- Sarah Harbord
- Derek Jeffrey
- Mithila Karnik
- Nancy McCurrach (incumbent)
- Erik Minty
- Kevin Misera
- Darin Nielsen
- Darrell Penner (incumbent)
- Paige Petriw
- Glenn Pollock (incumbent)
- Justin Alexander Smith
- Dean Washington (incumbent)
- Jami Watson
- Jenny Zhou
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 Port Coquitlam all-candidates debate on Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church (2329 Fremont Connector).
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 Port Coquitlam's website.