Salmo byelection set for September 12

Salmo residents go to the polls in September to choose two new village councillors to replace the pair who resigned last month.

  • Thu Jul 16th, 2015 1:00pm
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Nelson Star Staff

Salmo residents go to the polls in September to choose two new village councillors to replace the pair who resigned last month.

Nomination packages will be available Wednesday and candidates can submit their papers between July 28 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 7.

If fewer than two people run, the nomination deadline may be extended until Aug. 10. If there are exactly two, they could be declared acclaimed on Aug. 17.

If three or more people run, a byelection will be held Sept. 12, with the winners sworn in on Oct. 13 for a three-year term.

The byelection was called after Cathy Paton and Ken Anderson quit suddenly and with little public explanation. The village has declined to release their letters of resignation based on legal advice, as the letters refer to “confidential matters and personal information.”

Anderson and Paton topped the polls in last year’s general election.

In a brief statement after stepping down, Paton said she was sorry she wasn’t able to continue the job. “I was honoured that so many residents voted for me, and it was definitely an honour to represent them for the short time I did,” she said.

Anderson did not explain his decision in detail either but in an email said he had “much support and encouragement” from residents.

“I was hoping for an enjoyable four years on council to help Salmo move forward in a positive direction, but unfortunately a number of issues that caused me to resign.”

Council is continuing to function with a bare quorum of three: mayor Stephen White and councillors Steven Dimock and Dan Danforth.

White told the Star the resignations surprised him.