Four is the charm for two North Okanagan mayors.
Chris Pieper of Armstrong and Kevin Acton of Lumby will each serve a fourth term in their respective communities, after both were elected by acclamation at the end of nomination deadline day Friday.
“I thought for sure, I mean I’ve got in twice before by acclamation and I didn’t think it would happen again,” said Pieper.
Acton, whose wife, Gen, is running for a Vernon School District trustee seat, said 4 p.m. Friday (close of nomination) couldn’t come fast enough.
“I am very happy to say that after a very tense, and seemingly, long day I have gone unchallenged,” said Acton on his Facebook page.
“I would also like to say that I am very proud of the council that I have served with over the past few terms and that they are incredible people. I am very happy to see that three of the four of them have put their name forward, and are willing to make the sacrifices it takes to do the job. Good luck to the others who have put their name forward as well.”
Nick Hodge is the only current member of village council not seeking re-election.
There will be mayoral races in Vernon, Coldstream, Spallumcheen and Enderby. All municipalities will have councillor races, as well, including a whopping 21 candidates seeking six seats in Vernon.
Former Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma is running for director of Electoral Area F North Shuswap-Seymour Arm.
Incumbent Spallumcheen councillor Ed Hanoski has chosen to not seek re-election.
Rick Fairbairn (Electoral Area D) and Hank Cameron (Electoral Area D) have been acclaimed for the Regional District of North Okanagan Board. There are races for Areas B, C and F.
None of the nine school board trustees in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District who were relieved of their duties or resigned in the wake of a 2016 financial scandal are on this year’s ballot. Former board trustee Quentin Bruns of Enderby is seeking a position.
Residents go to the polls Saturday, Oct. 20.
See the lists below:
* = incumbent
x = voted in by acclamation
COLUMBIA SHUSWAP REGIONAL DISTRICT
Bob R. Massey
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
ELECTORAL AREA DIRECTORS
NORTH OKANAGAN SHUSWAP SCHOOL DISTRICT
AREA 1 City of Armstrong; Township of Spallumcheen; CSRD Area D
AREA 2 City of Enderby; CSED Area E; District of Sicamous; RDNO Area F
Quentin E. Bruns
Fred J Busch
Christine Fraser* (current sitting councillor)
Joe Van Tienhoven*
Akbal Mund* (current sitting mayor)
VERNON SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE