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General News · 26th September 2008
Jenny Hiebert
Earlier this summer, I announced to Cortes Island residents that I would not be seeking re-election as the island representative on the the Strathcona Regional District Board. Since that time many community members have expressed disapppointment with that decision and asked me to reconsider. The support and confidence are sincerely appreciated. It has been an honour and privilege to serve my community in this capacity. The three years have been very diverse, interesting and challenging and have offered a unique opportunity to explore the political workings of the island, the region, and the province. My final official duty will take place on November 27. The new regional didrector will be sworn into office early December. Once my term is completed, I will be devoting all my time, energy, and focus to a number of personal and family matters.

Recently I have been approached by three individuals considering standing for election as the Cortes representative. (There are also unconfirmed rumors of a fourth.) Each individual has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Should more than one candidate file nomination papers I encourage each individual casting a ballot to research which candidate would best lead the community with all its diverse values through an Official Community Plan review process. The amount of time available to dedicate to the position and experience are two attributes to consider. Ideally more than one candidate will file the necessary nomination papers thus triggering an election. If only one candidate files no election takes place--the one candidate is acclaimed to office. In the unlikely situation that no candidate files during the nomination period the provincial government will appoint someone to fill the position.

A number of important dates associated with this fall's Local Government Election have been scheduled. The Nomination period for candidates is from 9 AM Tuesday, September 30 until 4 PM Friday, October 10. All qualifying candidates will be announced on October 10. An Advance Poll is scheduled to take place on Wednesday November 5 and the general election will be held on November 15.

Please remember: Each election gives us an opportunity to seriously weigh the options and ramifications of our democratic process. Please exercise your democratic right, privilege and responsibility anc cast a vote for the candidate of your choice.