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Tumbler Ridge election looking lively with incumbents and new challengers alike

It’s shaping up to be a crowded race for the top job in Tumbler Ridge. Incumbent Mayor Don McPherson has announced he is running for re-election, while Jerilyn Schembri and Garret Golhof have said they will throw their names into the ring, as well.
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It’s shaping up to be a crowded race for the top job in Tumbler Ridge.

Incumbent Mayor Don McPherson has announced he is running for re-election, while Jerilyn Schembri and Garret Golhof have said they will throw their names into the ring, as well.

All three have previous election experience. McPherson, who is finishing his first term as mayor, had won the job in the 2014 municipal election with 301 votes, while Golhof finished second in the race with 258 votes. Schembri previously sat on Tumbler Ridge council from 2008 to 2011 and was the PRRD Area E Director from 2011 to 2014.

Councillor Will Howe says he is considering a mayoral run, but is “not sure.” Howe had the most votes of any councillor in the 2014 election with 537.

For council, incumbent Darryl Krakowka has announced that he intends to run for re-election, while newcomers Monty Hendrickson, Chris Norbury and Curtis Miedzinski have announced their intention to run for a seat for council.

Councillor Helen Scott says she is “undecided as to running for re-election or Mayor.” Councillor Joanne Kirby also says she is undecided.

Of course, nothing is official until the nomination period from September 4 to 14, when candidates can file their papers.

Anyone over the age of 18 can run for office, as long as they have been a BC resident for at least six months before filing their nomination papers, are a Canadian citizen, and have not been disqualified from running under the Local Government Act, or other legislation.

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