It’s the election campaign that wasn’t.
Bob Fleming was notified by the Regional District of North Okanagan Tuesday that he’s been acclaimed as director for the BX-Swan Lake electoral area because the other candidate has dropped out.
“I was excited about a campaign because I’ve never ran one before,” said Fleming, who owns a landscape business. “I was looking forward to getting posters out and that won’t happen now.”
At the close of nominations Oct. 14, Fleming was running against Sherry Price for the seat during the Nov. 19 civic election. But on Tuesday, Price notified RDNO that she was withdrawing from the race.
Price, a Vernon city councillor in the 1990s, says she decided not to let her name stand because of the time commitment required to be director.
“In 2012, I have a number of personal commitments,” she said.
Price has been the alternate for director Mike Gavinchuk, who is retiring from politics.
“Since there is another candidate who has expressed a willingness to accept the challenge for Area B, I believe that I am not leaving the ship unmanned,” said Price.
This is the first time Fleming has sought public office and he expects there to be a learning curve.
“I will have to get familiar with the issues and procedures,” he said.
He had planned on some door knocking as part of the anticipated campaign and he says he may still do that despite being acclaimed.
“I need to get feedback from the people who live here on what their issues are,” he said.
Fleming is the fourth acclamation in the regional district.
Unchallenged are incumbent directors Rick Fairbairn in rural Lumby, Eugene Foisy in Cherryville and Mike Macnabb in BX-Silver Star.
The only election within RDNO will be in rural Enderby, where Herman Gerrits and Jackie Pearase want to replace outgoing director Herman Halvorson.