Byelections in Coquitlam and Anmore

Two vacancies in local government here in the V3H are slated to be filled by byelections on May 15, 2010.

Anmore Mayor Hal Weinberg resigned on December 31, 2009 after serving for all but one term since the Village incorporated in 1987. The plan was to hold a byelection to replace him in January, but an ongoing dispute over the appointment of an electoral officer prevented that from moving forward. There has been a stalemate, and the province had to step in to resolve it.

Finally Sarah Morden was appointed as Chief Election Officer and Sylvia Phan was appointed as Deputy Chief Election Officer. The nominating period for candidates begins on March 30 and continues until April 9. The byelection will be held on May 15 at the Anmore Village Hall. Canadian citizens who have lived in BC for at least 6 months, and in Anmore for at least 30 days, are eligible to vote.

Over in Coquitlam another controversy is leading to a byelection on May 15. One seat on Council has been vacant since Fin Donnelly won the federal byelection to become MP of Coquitlam-New Westminster last November. Mayor Richard Steward petitioned the province to allow them to appoint a new Councillor, as he felt the money for a byelection could be better spent elsewhere. However, that request was denied, and so a byelection was called.

As in Anmore, the nominating period for the new Coquitlam Council seat runs from March 30 until April 9. Advance polls will be held on May 5, May 8 and May 12, and the general voting day will be May 15.

If you live in Anmore or Coquitlam, we hope that you will take the time to vote in the byelection. Municipal politics affects us directly, whether it’s the roads we drive on, the parks we play in, the police who protect us or the way that garbage is collected. If we want our local government to serve us well, we have to get involved in the process.

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