(l-r) Castlegar CAO Chris Barlow, Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, executive assistant Nicole Brown, Councillor Deb McIntosh and Councillor Bruno Tassone. The three politicians are now vying for the mayor’s job this election. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Off to the races!

Plenty of choice for Castlegar voters in the municipal election

There’s going to be a hefty ballot for voters in the upcoming municipal election in Castlegar.

Nominations closed Friday with three people vying for mayor and 11 running for council.

Incumbent mayor Lawrence Chernoff is facing challenges from two sitting councillors. Bruno Tassone and Deb McIntosh say they want to replace Chernoff, who’s held the top job for four terms.

On council, three incumbents are returning to the ballot. Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, Dan Rye and Florio Vassilakakis are all seeking to renew their mandates. Hoping to unseat them, or find their own place on council, are:

Nicole M Hergert

Gordon J Lamont

Cherryl MacLeod

Tyler C Maddocks

Maria J McFaddin

Bergen A Price

Brian A Smitheram

Janna L Sylvest

Rural and School Board

There’s one race on in the rural areas surrounding Castlegar that are part of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

While there were no challengers facing off against Area I director Andy Davidoff or Area H director Walter Popoff, Area J director Rick Smith will be defending his seat against Gordon Zaitsoff. Zaitsoff served previously in public office before 2014.

Three people will be acclaimed for the seats available on the Kootenay-Columbia School Board, two from Castlegar and one from the rural area to the south of town.

In Area 1, which includes the rural area south of town, Teri Ferworn, the incumbent board chair, was unchallenged with her re-election bid.

And in Area 2, the City proper, Catherine J Zaitsoff and Kristin Ali put their names forward for the two positions available.

Stay tuned for election coverage

The election is being held on Saturday, October 20.

Castlegar News will be questioning all the municipal candidates about their positions on the major issues facing the city government. Visit our website, www.castlegarnews.com, for complete election coverage during the course of the campaign.

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