Some rural residents are heading to the polls and others aren’t.
There will be elections Nov. 19 in rural Enderby and BX-Swan Lake for Regional District of North Okanagan seats, but the incumbent directors in BX-Silver Star, rural Lumby and Cherryville have gone unchallenged.
In BX-Swan Lake, Bob Fleming and Sherry Price want to replace director Mike Gavinchuk, who is retiring.
“I’m interested in what’s going on and I hope to offer a new perspective,” said Fleming who owns a landscape business and has lived in the BX for 19 years.
If elected, Fleming hopes to focus on water.
“There have been a lot of challenges and they are ongoing. We’re already at capacity at the Duteau Creek treatment facility and it just got going,” he said.
Fleming also wants to look at development along Highway 97, and he is concerned about political fighting over parks and recreation.
“I’d like to see people work together. It may be a mistake to start dividing this,” he said of parks.
Price served on Vernon council and the regional district board in the 1990s. She is presently the alternate director for Gavinichuk.
Price could not be reached for comment.
In rural Enderby, Herman Gerrits and Jackie Pearase want to replace Herman Halvorson, who is leaving politics.
Rick Fairbairn has been acclaimed to a fourth term in rural Lumby, while Eugene Foisy, who has been Cherryville director for 17 years, will serve another three-year term. Mike Macnabb is back for a second term as BX-Silver Star director.