Byelection goes Saturday

A byelection to fill a vacant council seat in the Town of Oliver takes place Saturday.

There are eight candidates vying for the vacant seat of former councillor Jack Bennest, who stepped down in September.

Advanced voting occurred on Nov. 22, and general voting will occur Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre.

Mayor Ron Hovanes said results will be confirmed shortly after the polls close. 

The candidates, in alphabetical order, include:

  • Aimee Grice: 36, has called Oliver home for 11 years. Grice works at the Frank Venables Theatre as the marketing and promotions coordinator.
  • Patrick Hampson: 75, has resided in Oliver for 17 years. Hampson was a firefighter in West Vancouver and a fire chief in Squamish before retiring in the Okanagan.
  • Susan Kosola: 62, has lived in Oliver for half a year. Kosola is semi-retired and has worked in the film industry
  • Donald Lawlor: 66, has lived in Oliver for three years. Lawlor currently manages properties he owns, and formerly had a career as an engineer and project manager.
  • David Mattes: 60, raised in Oliver. Mattes retired at age 50 after working in the auto industry.
  • Peter McKenna: 60, has lived in Oliver for six-and-a-half years. McKenna is semi-retired from a career in the grain industry in Vancouver.
  • Charles Pollard: 68, has resided in Oliver for seven years. Pollard is a senior associate at the town's 7-11 store. 
  • Lutz Stelzner: 56, has lived in Oliver for a year-and-a-half. Stelzner was an electronics technician in the Canadian military for 14 years. He now receives a disability pension from his service.

A ninth candidate, Fiona Wood, dropped out of the race in late-October due to an illness in her family.

- with files from Oliver Daily News

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