The lone Lumby councillor seeking re-election is devoted to ensuring the village remains true to its motto – ‘Simply the Best.’
Lori Mindnich is the only current councillor looking to retain her seat (Ben Winters and Tracy Williamson are not seeking re-election and Janet Green is in the race for mayor, alongside Kevin Acton and Jim McEwan). Mindnich is one of eight candidates seeking one of the four councillor seats.
“I believe I represent the residents of the Village of Lumby, whether it is bringing forward the concerns of the residents of Linnea Crescent, to representing the majority of residents after the opinion poll,” said incumbent Lori Mindnich.
“I am committed to keeping Lumby ‘Simply the Best.’”
The 45-year-old mother and grandmother says she is lucky to hear concerns and opinions of residents on a regular basis, as the office manager/head bar steward for the Lumby Legion – and she advocates on their behalf.
“I believe I have proved during these past three years that I am an advocate for taxpayers during the budget process,” said Mindnich, encouraging all residents to ensure their voice is heard by voting Nov. 19.
Another familiar name that will be on Lumby’s election ballot is Elinor Turrill, a former councillor and school trustee.
“Having sat on two previous councils I have the experience, the time and the dedication to devote to represent the wishes of the taxpayers of the Village of Lumby,” said Turrill.
She is committed to working for a sustainable economy through economic growth that will provide jobs and maintain the village’s infrastructure.
But she adds: “With the economic uncertainty we are experiencing, I do not believe that this is the time to increase taxes.”
She is also eager to see Lumby grow.
“I have the experience and the determination to see Lumby grow by dedicating my time to work towards the eventual goal of gaining the services and jobs the citizens of our village deserve.”
Good jobs are also a priority for candidate Nick Hodge, who ran in the by election two years ago and just narrowly missed being elected.
“I want to see the industrial park more utilized, I’d like to see the railway used and less people having to move away from Lumby for work,” said the 60-year-old accountant, who himself commutes to Vernon for work.
One issue Hodge has tried to keep his opinions out of is the proposed correctional facility – which is now out of Lumby’s hands as an announcement from the provincial government is pending on which Okanagan community it will be built in.
“I’ll be looking for ways to make it work if it does go and if it doesn’t I’ll breathe a sigh of relief and go look for some other opportunities for the area,” said Hodge.
As president of the Okanagan-Shuswap NDP Riding Association, Hodge has a background in politics. He is also involved with the Monashee Arts Council, Lumby and District Senior Citizens Housing Society, United Church and through his work as an accountant he specializes in non-profit organizations.
Long-time Lumby resident and volunteer firefighter James Harvey has entered the political ring for the first time in the name of democracy.
“If you’re not willing to stand up and do something then that’s just complacency,” said the 47-year-old husband and father of four who works at the Armstrong Tolko.
Harvey isn’t happy with how the proposed correctional facility was introduced and would like to see the community split mended.
“That’s one of the problems with our town right now is that we’re so divided,” he said, adding that he does not currently support the prison.
“It’s a huge social experiment to put something that large in a town this small.”
Looking at past experiences, Harvey says economic diversity is what the village needs, while maintaining the quiet, rural community atmosphere that its residents love.
“We were a logging community before and we were dependent on one industry and we can’t be dependent on one industry again.”
Harvey, Hodge, Turrill and Mindnich are four of eight candidates looking to fill the four councillor positions in Lumby. The other candidates are: Murray August, Jo Anne Fisher, Randal Ostafichuk and Judy Gibbs.