John Dooley has been elected mayor of Nelson, defeating incumbent mayor Deb Kozak and candidate Bernie Brown.
Dooley, who previously served three three-year terms as Nelson’s mayor and two terms as councillor, ran on addressing what he said is a lack of civic leadership under Kozak.
Unofficially results saw Dooley finish with 2,290 votes, followed by Kozak’s 1,904 and Brown at 121.
Voters also opted for a mostly new city council. Incumbent Janice Morrison (1,578 votes) was re-elected, and will be joined by newcomers Rik Logtenberg (1,923), Brittny Anderson (1,862), Jesse Woodward (1,813), Cal Renwick (1,765) and Keith Page (1,389).
Kozak, who defeated Dooley in the last municipal election, campaigned on three main issues: wildfire preparedness, drinking water security, and a consensus vision for the future of Nelson.
Brown said she felt compelled to run, in part because of her disapproval of Kozak and Dooley’s leadership, but also because of the responses she received to a letter she published about mental health in the Star’s Sept. 6 issue.
Below the graphic you will find links to past stories we’ve done on every candidate in Nelson, as well as candidates for the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Kaslo and School District 8.
More to come.
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Kootenay Lake School Board
Kaslo mayoral candidates