Civic election 2014 nominations set to open around West Shore

Council vacancies to fill may be rare around the five municipalities

It’s nearly campaign time in B.C. and nominations will soon be open around the West Shore.

Candidate nomination papers will be accepted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 10 for all potential mayors, councillors and school trustees looking to be elected in the municipal election Nov. 15.

Forms are available at municipal offices and online for all interested individuals. You’ll need a minimum of two signatures to qualify and hopefuls are already starting to make their intentions known.

Following the announcement that View Royal Mayor Graham Hill would be stepping aside after his current term, Coun. David Screech made it known he plans to run for the position, leaving at least one council position open in View Royal.

Coun. Judith Cullington in Colwood, perhaps best known as one of the champions for Solar Colwood, is another local politician who will not be seeking re-election.

Candidates may run for mayor or councillor, but not for both.

Not all municipalities expect to have to fill vacancies. All current Langford council members are expected to run again.

Mayors who have no opposition are acclaimed, as Langford’s Stew Young has experienced multiple times since being first elected in 1992.

In total, there are five mayors and 26 councillor positions in the five municipalities that make up the West Shore.

Interested parties are not required to live or own property in the municipality in which they run.

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