Candidates for the 2018 local government elections have been declared. File photo

Candidates for 2018 Elk Valley elections announced

Nominations for the 2018 General Local and School Election closed on Friday afternoon

A wedding photographer, music festival organizer and freestyle ski club president are among Fernie residents vying for a seat on the local council.

Chief Election Officer Kevin Allen has declared the candidates for the City of Fernie after nominations for the 2018 General Local and School Election closed on Friday afternoon.

A number of incumbents, including Mayor Mary Giuliano, will recontest their seats, while several newcomers have thrown their hats in the ring, including Fernie Freestyle Ski Club president Troy Nixon, wedding photographer Kyle Hamilton and Wapiti Music Festival organizer Kevin McIsaac.

Candidates for the District of Elkford, District of Sparwood and Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) were also announced late Friday. See below for the full list of candidates.

Incumbent RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski will retain his seat after no other nominations were received.

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years with the 2018 election to take place on Saturday, October 20.

There will be advance voting opportunities in Fernie on October 10 and 17, in Sparwood on October 10, and in Elkford on October 10 and 16.

Candidates have until September 21 to withdraw their nomination and can start campaigning the next day.

The following people are running for office:

City of Fernie

Candidates for the office of Mayor

Mary Giuliano

Ange Qualizza

Sharon Switzer

Candidates for the offices of Councillor:

Greg Barnes

Kyle Hamilton

Phil Iddon

Steve Kallies

Tracey Kelly

Kevin McIsaac

Dan McSkimming

Scott Newland

Troy Nixon

Yvonne Marie Prest

Morgan Pulsifer

Joe Warshawsky

Candidates for the office of School Trustee

Frank Lento, Fernie, School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), Trustee Electoral Area 1

District of Sparwood

Candidates for the office of Mayor:

Joyce Kutzner

David Wilks

Joanne Wilton

Candidates for the offices of Councillor:

Wendy Angus

John Baher

Hungry Baytaluke

Brad Bowen

Amy Cardozo

Jason Christensen

Josh Frere

Joe Jarina

Art Mortimer

Sonny Saad

Simon Senycz

Candidates for the office of School Trustee:

Bev Bellina, Sparwood, School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), Trustee Electoral Area 2

District of Elkford

Candidates for the office of Mayor:

Dean McKerracher

Candidates for the offices of Councillor:

Denise Bertrand

Colin Cross

Stephen Fairbairn

Leonard Gostick

Darren Halladay

Tracy James

Andrew Klapp

Duncan McDonald

Amanda McGregor

Craig Robinson

Deven Stadnyk

Candidates for the office of School Trustee:

Kathryn Kitt, School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay), Trustee Electoral Area 3

Regional District of East Kootenay

Candidates for the office of Electoral Area A Director:

Mike Sosnowski

Candidates for the office of Trustee for Trustee Electoral Area 4:

Krista Damstrom (Jaffray)

Randy Reay (Jaffray)

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