Saanich council byelection date confirmed for Sept. 23

Candidate nominations accepted Aug. 8 to 18

It’s official, Saanich residents will head to the polls on Sept. 23 to fill the seat left vacant since the death of Vic Derman.

Council heard a recommendation from staff to schedule the required byelection for that date on Monday. Advance voting will then take place on Sept. 13 and Sept. 18.

Staff estimated a byelection budget of $173,500.

Candidate nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. until Friday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

Three candidates — Nathalie Chambers, Rebecca Mersereau and Karen Harper — have already declared their candidacy for the open seat, which needs to be filled under existing legislation.

More are expected to join the race as the byelection draws near.

Both Chambers and Mersereau have actively linked their respective campaigns, in part, with the environmental focus shared by Derman, while Harper has said that her campaign will focus on municipal finances.

Chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson explained the decision to postpone the byelection until September earlier in the spring.

“The challenge that we face currently is that if we were to rush into appointing an chief election officer under statutory requirements for elections, we would fall on an early date in August,” Thorkelsson said at the time.

“Our recommendation to council is that a mid-summer [election] is not the most appropriate time to be holding a by-election.”

As a result, some, including Harper, were questioning the fact Nanaimo has squeezed in a byelection in a shorter time span than Saanich has, albeit under circumstances of a resignation rather than a death.

The byelection became necessary after the death of Derman on March 17, 2017. An advocate for sustainable policies and alternative forms of transportation, Derman had served on council since 2002. On Saturday, dozens attended the official dedication of Vic Derman Park, 3.29-hectare natural area with an open meadow and Garry oak stands next to Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Susan Simmons begins a 24-hour swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

The MS Athlete and ultra-marathon swimmer wants to be the first person to make the journey

New Victoria mayoral candidate, three more council candidates step forward

Four people from NewCouncil.ca jump into the race for the Oct. 2018 municipal election

PHOTOS: Tour de Victoria takes off

1,800 cyclists took off in the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria for a city-wide loop

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Oak Bay brothers scoop 10 kg of poop from park paths in 30 mins

Family picks up dog poo to give back, inspire others to be more responsible

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read