Village of Anmore residents are preparing to cast ballots in a mayoral by-election that had seemed unlikely to happen until provincial authorities intervened in February.
Voters have a chance to hear from the three candidates tonight (April 27) during a meeting in the tiny community that borders Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Acting mayor Kerri Palmer Isaak told the Straight by phone today that a deadlock on village council had been stalling efforts to replace former mayor Hal Weinberg, who resigned in December.
The four council members that remained in Weinberg’s absence were evenly split when it came to voting to pick a chief election officer.
After the council failed for a third time to choose someone, the B.C. Ministry of Community and Rural Development stepped in at the request of then-acting mayor John McEwen and appointed a person to oversee the voting.
“While I acknowledge that local governments are an autonomous, responsible and accountable level of government with the authority to determine the public interest of their communities, I am concerned that council is unable to move forward with a by-election to elect a new mayor,” minister Bill Bennett says in a February letter received by the council.
Palmer Isaak welcomed the by-election.
“We need some sort of very focussed leadership to get the council back on track, get projects happening again,” she said.
The mayoral candidates include Anmore residents Heather Anderson and Robert Tribe, as well as Coquitlam resident Arthur Crossman.
The vote is scheduled for Saturday, May 15.