Tumbler Ridge By-Election candidates announced

Four candidates have filed their nomination papers, the Challenge period ended February 4th, and the last opportunity for candidates to withdraw their nominations closed Friday, February 8th. Standing in this By-election for two available positions are: Ryan Murray, Bill Hendley, Jerrilyn Schembri and Don McPherson.

Councillor Sipe resigned effective December 31, 2007, moving to Saskatchewan, and Councillor Kirby resigned on December 13, 2007.

The advance polls are on February 27 and March 3 at Town Hall from 8am to 8pm, and voting day is Saturday, March 8 in Rooms 4 & 5 of the Community Centre.

Our last By-election was held on February 4th, 2004 when Ray Proulx resigned as Councillor to take up the position of Economic Development Officer. In that By-election, five candidates ran for the position; Pernell Kirby (who won the position), Florence Stirling, Rob McKay, Brian Sipe, Wayne Kopec, and Bill Hendley.

The Chamber of Commerce traditionally hosts an All-Candidates forum, and will do so again this year under the capable supervision of Marie Therriault, Chamber Office Manager, with direction from the newly elected board. The forum will give the residents the opportunity to put questions to the candidates, and the candidates will have the opportunity to present their platform(s) to the public. The date has been set for Tuesday, February 19th at the Community Centre. Details are in this issue.

We are also pleased to present a brief bio of each candidate (available at press time) for our readers.

Ryan Murray, Projects North Management Inc., is well known in the community, and is currently working with stakeholders on the Investment Attraction Strategy for the District of Tumbler Ridge.

Bill Hendley has previously served on Council in the District of Tumbler Ridge, as has Don McPherson, and both bring experience to the table.

Jerrilyn Schembri is also well known in the community through her work with the Red Cross Disaster Relief, and through Victim Services.

We admire the candidates for their willingness to serve their community, and the time commitment involved in holding a public office.

Voters will have an opportunity to hear the candidates at the All Candidates Forum on February 19th, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.. The forum is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Please come out and vote on March 8th, and make your voice heard.