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A look at the Castlegar area regional district race

Candidates for RDCK Areas I and J
(L-R) Henny Hanegraaf and Kim Tassone is running for Area J director in RDCK. Photo: Submitted

In the Regional District of Central Kootenay, two candidates are running in Area J, and only one in Area I in the upcoming municipal election.

Andy Davidoff has been the Area I (rural Castlegar) director for 11 years and is uncontested in the 2022 race.

“I am standing for reelection to continue being a strong advocate for enhancing the rural quality of life Area I residents have chosen in each of our distinct communities and to continue to ensure respectful and sustainable ‘neighbour-friendly’ development and land use,” said Davidoff.

Henny Hanegraaf and Kim Tassone are both running for the Area J (Lower Arrow/Columbia) director’s seat.

Henny Hanegraaf is a retired union rep.

She says, “I decided to run for the director of Area J because I believe public service is important and that I can make a positive contribution to my community. I believe the skills I’ve developed over my working life will transfer well into representing the people of Area J.”

Kim Tassone says, “I look forward to serving Area J as I have lived in the district for the past 40 years. I believe I understand the needs of the constituents, and will work hard to continue the good work of past directors while looking towards future needs.”

Elsewhere in the RDCK, in Area E (Balfour and the south side of the west arm of Kootenay Lake to Blewett), 14-year director Ramona Faust decided not to run for re-election and there are four candidates seeking to replace her: Reggie Goldsbury, Cheryl Graham, Dan Rye, and Landon Verigin.

In Area H (Slocan Valley) incumbent director Walter Popoff is unopposed.

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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