And they’re off!
Nominations closed Friday afternoon for prospective schookl board trustees, municipal councillors, mayors and regional district directors seeking a seat in this fall’s municipal election.
For those keeping track, the number of candidates who’ve thrown their hats into the ring in the last week has expanded significantly in the past week.
Expect much more coverage of your local candidates in the weeks ahead as local campaigns gather steam.
The municipal election is on Oct. 15.
Here’s a quick rundown on who’s running in the Sooke Region, based on information available from local government as of 4:30 p.m. today.
District of Sooke
Four candidates are running for mayor in the District of Sooke, where current mayor Maja Tait is seeking a third term.
Mick Rhodes is attempting a second run at the mayor’s chair after gaining just 135 votes in the 2018 civic election.
Political newcomers John Knops and Williams Wallace are also running for mayor.
The list of people running for council in the District of Sooke is extensive – the largest slate ever at 23. Incumbents Jeff Bateman, Al Beddows, Dana Lajeunesse, Megan McMath and Tony St-Pierre are running for re-election. So are former district councillors Herb Haldane, Kevin Pearson and Jeff Stewart.
Others on the ballot include Rob Anderson, Steve Anderson, Lorien Arnold, Susan Belford, Karine Bordua, Owen H. Brandon, Nick Dickinson-Wilde, Robin Holm, Sean Millard, Adam Noseworthy, Trevor Paul, Maria Powers, Anna Russell, Britt Santowski, and Stephanie Welters.
Not on the ballot this time is retiring Coun. Ebony Logins, who will seek a trustee’s seat on the Sooke School Board.
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (CRD)
With the retirement of longtime director Mike Hicks in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, the race for the director’s chair is wide open.
Former federal Green Party candidate Shaunna Salsman is facing off against Derek Bishop, Sandy Sinclair and Al Wickheim.
Sooke School Board
The Sooke School District education board election is broken down into two areas: the Belmont Zone and Milne’s Landing Zone, which includes an area from Sooke to Port Renfrew.
Incumbent trustee Allison Watson is seeking re-election.
Amanda Dowhy, Murielle Lagace, Candace Marie Linde, Ebony Logins, Philip Ney and Veronica Pemberton are joining her on the school board ballot.
Longtime school trustees Bob Phillips and Margot Swinburnson aren’t seeking re-election.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated from its original version to correct an error. The Juan de Fuca Electoral Area candidates were incorrectly listed. Candidates in the Oct. 15 election are Derek Bishop, Shaunna Salsman, Sandy Sinclair and Al Wickheim. We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.