The deadline for nominations has passed, and it appears as though there’s little contest in the Cowichan Lake area, during the November 19 election.
Although there was some buzz in the Town of Lake Cowichan about the possibility of candidates coming in last-minute, this proved unfounded, with only the current five elected officials submitting their nominations, therefore winning by acclimation. As such, the council table for the next three years will have mayor Ross Forrest and councillors Bob Day, Jayne Ingram, Tim McGonigle, and Franklin Hornbrook.
Although there’s no contest in town, a referendum question will still be there for residents to answer, November 19. This question is; “Do you want the town to continue with the fluoridation of the drinking water supply?”
In the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Youbou/Meade Creek electoral area (I) will have two candidates, including Klaus Kuhn and Pat Weaver.
In the Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls electoral area (F), Ian Morrison is set for re-election by acclimation, as no one chose to run against him.
Thus far, Duncan Brown is the only Cowichan Lake area resident running for a school trustee spot.
Candidate and Duncan resident Amrik Prihar used to work at the Youbou Mill, and has taught as a substitute teacher in the Cowichan Lake area.
Other candidates include Keith Chicquen, Deb Foster, Eden Haythornthwaite, Ellen Oxman, Cathy Schmidt, Hannah Seymour, and Candace Spilsbury. In all, there are 11 candidates running for nine open spots.