Two more people have announced their intentions to run for the city council seat in the upcoming Castlegar byelection.
Brian Bogle and Sandy Bojechko will be joining Shirley Falstead on the ballot on April 24. The nomination deadline for candidates is Friday, March 19, so more candidates may be joining the race in the next few days.
Bogle says, “My experience in business and working with the public has prepared me for the role of councillor. The coming years will be challenging economically and balancing the needs of the city and costs to taxpayers will be vital.”
His priorities will be affordable housing and economic development.
Bogle moved to Castlegar in 2005 when he was appointed manager of Safeway. He has served as treasurer of The Knights of Columbus, was co-chair of the Citizen of the Year Committee and has coached minor baseball and minor softball.
Bogle was recognized in 2015 as the Business Person of the Year, and in 2016 and 2019 as Manager of the Year by the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce.
At Safeway he also coordinated national fund raising campaigns that saw 100 per cent of funds raised stay in the community, benefiting Special Olympics, Community Harvest Food Bank, and the West Kootenay Brain Injury Association.
Bojechko says, “My priorities are to have more options for seniors including access to medical services, recreation and transportation along with affordable housing for all citizens and more inclusiveness with the residents of our city.”
“I believe my experience working with and for the citizens of Castlegar will be a positive addition to city council.”
She has lived in Castlegar for 35 years and her children have all attended local schools. She is a volunteer for the Castlegar Rebels and Selkirk College as a billet parent, time keeper and scorekeeper. She also volunteers with the West Kootenay Kennel Club and the Heart and Stroke foundation.
Bojechko is the president of West Kootenay Labour Council and the organizer of the International Day of Mourning each year in Castlegar and Nelson.
The election for mayor and one council seat will be held April 24.
Four candidates have entered the mayoral race — Kirk Duff, Gord Lamont, Florio Vasillakakis and Gord Zaitsoff. Zaitsoff has informed Castlegar News of his candidacy, but has not yet provided his biography. We will publish a follow-up story once that becomes available.