Greenwood City Hall (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Greenwood council calls by-election for Oct. 10

The city’s voters are to elect a new mayor, after Ed Smith resigned in February

Greenwood residents will be voting for a new mayor on Oct. 10, more than seven months after former mayor Ed Smith resigned from the chair.

City councillors triggered a by-election for the position on July 23, when they appointed city CAO Wendy Higashi as the Chief Electoral Officer. According to the B.C. Local Government Act, a by-election must be held within 80 of days of that decision. Council settled on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The province has given Greenwood the go-ahead to open the polls under COVID-19. Voting will take place at the McArthur Centre and advanced polls will be open on Sept. 30, Higashi said. While other municipal by-elections scheduled for this spring and summer were initially cancelled because of the pandemic, Elections BC said that they were now working with the provincial health officer to re-open those campaigns in Rossland, Victoria, Lytton and School District 10 – Arrow Lakes.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing told this newspaper that the ministry, Elections BC, WorksSafe BC and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer are working to create guidelines for municipalities on how to safely hold by-elections this fall.

Smith left the seat at the head of the Greenwood council chambers on Feb. 28, after holding the office since 2014. At the time he stepped down, Smith said that he made his decision to resign “a little while back.” Councillors have since taken turns in the mayor’s chair, each serving on a three-month rotation. Coun. John Bolt is currently the city’s acting mayor.

Current city councillors are allowed to run for the mayor’s seat, but they must resign from their council position by Aug. 6 if they intend to do so. At Thursday’s council meeting held at the McArthur Centre, only Coun. Gerry Shaw expressed an interest in running. If a current city councillor does opt to run for mayor, their vacated seat would also be up for grabs in the Oct. 10 by-election.

Anyone looking to run for mayor or city councillor – should a current councillor resign by Aug. 6 – must pick up their nomination papers from Greenwood City Hall.

Related

Greenwood mayor Ed Smith resigns

byelection

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City looking at solutions to beach squatter problem

The family has been set up on the beach near the landfill for at least a month

Drug alert issued in Grand Forks after fentanyl, ‘benzos’ detected in test

They are advising additional care and to have drugs tested before using

Missing toddler wandered for three hours in Beaverdell area before being found

The two-year-old boy was found safe by his uncle on Beaver Creek Road on Aug. 12

Deer attack brings light back to controversial issue

The June 15 attack left Pinaar the service dog with multiple injuries

Injured animal highlights need to local woman for rehabilitation services

Christina Abbott ended up having the baby skunk put down due to the lack a nearby facility

STANDING TALL: Forestry workers meet the challenges, remain hopeful

A look at the forest sector in B.C. – and those hoping for the best – amid mill curtailments

Man suffers serious injuries in bear attack in remote area near Lillooet

It was deemed a defensive attack, no efforts were made to locate the animal

Parkinson SuperWalk goes virtual throughout B.C. due to COVID-19

People encouraged to walk around their neighbourhood, along community trails, through parks, forests

Missed rent payments ‘cause of COVID-19? You have until July 2021 to pay up

Each monthly instalment must be paid on the same date the rent is due

U.S.-Canada pandemic border restrictions extended into September

‘We will continue to keep our communities safe,’ says Public Safety Minister Bill Blair

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

WE Charity registers as lobbyist, lays off staff, looking to sell real estate

WE Charity said its financial position has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Most Read