Four for mayor, 12 for council

There are going to be lots of candidates to chose from when Kitimat voters go to the polls in the municipal elections November 19.

There are going to be lots of candidates to chose from when Kitimat voters go to the polls in the municipal elections November 19.

In the biggest fields since the last millennium, there are four candidates for mayor.

And the baker’s dozen for council is just one shy of the 2005 tally.

For the ‘big chair’ incumbent Joanne Monaghan is being challenged by one-term councillor Randy Halyk, Danny Nunes and former councillor Jim Thom.

With council it is guaranteed that there will be two new faces with Halyk going after  the mayor’s position and Gerd Gottschling not seeking re-election.

But with the huge field this time, there is the potential for even more.

Incumbents Bob Corless, Mario Feldhoff, Rob Goffinet and Corinne Scott are being challenged by Joshua Callahan, Edwin Empinado, Phil Germuth, Mary Murphy, John Pacheco, Jack Riddle, Joe Salema and Carl Whicher.

Current school board chairman Barry Pankhurst and trustee Raymond Raj were the only ones seeking the two Coast Mopuntains school board Kitimat trustee positions and are therefore returned by acclamation.

Huey-lin Guizzo did not seek re-election.

And in the race for director of Kitimat-Stikine regional district Area C – that covers the non-municipal areas between Terrace and Kitamaat and includes the village and Lakelse Lake, there are four candidates: incumbent Allan Lanctot, outgoing Terrace city councillor Brad Pollard, Glenn Martin and Doug McLeod.