By David F. Rooney
Five new candidates — three seeking election to School Board and two hoping to make it onto City Council — have so far filed nomination papers with Returning Officer Theresa Lerose.
The new Council candidates are Jody Simm, a 34-year-old silviculturalist who has lived in Revelstoke for six years, and Linda Nixon, a 60 year-old registered nurse with an interest in small business and entrepreneurship who has lived here for 28 years.
The new candidates for the School District 19 Board of Trustees are artist and women’s studies scholar Jewelles Fuller Smith, business owner Elmer Rorstad and retired principal Bryan Dubasov.
Simm and Nixon join incumbents Chris Johnston, Steve Bender and Mayor David Raven in the race for Council. Peter Frew and Antoinette Halberstadt have declined to run again and while Phil Welock and Tony Scarcella have not yet filed nomination papers they are widely expected to do so. Unless a third person joins Welock and Scarcella in filing before the close of nominations at 4 pm on Friday, October 14, the existing slate of candidates, including Simm and Nixon, will be acclaimed.
There will, however, be no acclamations for Smith, Rorstad and Dubasov. The race for School Board is shaping up to be a dogfight. They will be running against the incumbent trustees, all of whom — Alan Chell, Annie Wilson, Mauro Morrone, Doug Hamilton and Jeff Nicholson — are running again.
Once the nomination process is complete The Current will present information about all candidates seeking elected office.