Day two of White Rock's advance voting takes place Oct. 30 at the White Rock Community Centre.

Day two of White Rock's advance voting takes place Oct. 30 at the White Rock Community Centre.

Dozens take part in early vote

Byelection for White Rock city council member set for Nov. 3

More than 100 White Rock residents cast their votes for the city’s next council member on Wednesday, the first of two advance-voting dates for the upcoming byelection.

In all, city officials logged 136 voters at the polls, which were open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the White Rock Community Centre. Three voters were waiting at the door when staff arrived, city clerk Tracey Arthur said.

The total number counted is just over half of the 240 voters seen on the first day of advanced polling in the city’s 2009 byelection, held to replace veteran councillor James Coleridge following his unseating by the B.C. Supreme Court.

The next – and last – advanced-poll date prior to the Nov. 3 byelection is set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the community centre, located at 15154 Russell Ave.

Voters have a chance to hear straight from council hopefuls Tuesday night, 7-9 p.m., during an all-candidates meeting at White Rock Elementary (1273 Fir St.). Nine people are vying for the one seat: (in the order they appear on the ballot) Pat Petrala, David Chesney, Bill Lawrence, Scott Kristjanson, Tom Willman, Grant O’Kane, Bruce McWilliam, Megan Knight and Graham Wood.

The byelection was called following the June 26 death of longtime councillor Mary-Wade Anderson.

Arthur said a mail-out was done this week to remind residents of the upcoming voting opportunities, in the hopes of boosting turnout.

Typically, voter turnout is lower for byelections. In the 2009 byelection that won Coun. Grant Meyer his first seat on council, turnout was just 16 per cent.


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

Just Posted

Motorists breaking travel rules can be fined $230 for failing to follow instructions or $575 if the reason for travel violates the essential travel health order, at this Highway 3 check area near Manning Park. Photo RCMP
RCMP begin stopping drivers on BC highways – check point at Manning Park

Four check points are set up Thursday May 6 around the province

Dr. Bonnie Henry B.C.'s provincial health officer, updates the COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
Province ‘ramping up’ COVID-19 vaccination effort in hard-hit Surrey

‘Door-to-door’ registration program in the works, says Dr. Bonnie Henry

Serena Deol, Jaspreet Deol, Madison Sweeney and Tanveer Pannu (pictured clockwise from top left) are Surrey United soccer players recruited to the University of Fraser Valley. (submitted photos)
Surrey United soccer quartet sign to play for UFV Cascades

Three of the university’s recruits are Panorama Ridge Secondary students

John Paul Fraser, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association. (Screen shot)
Salmon farmers warn Surrey jobs on line as feds end Discovery Islands operations

344 full-time jobs at risk in Surrey and 1,189 B.C.-wide

White Rock’s Joan Bywater shows the setup she uses when participating in online paint parties hosted by the Seniors Come Share Society. (Contributed photo)
PHOTOS: Virtual gallery showcases inspirations of Semiahmoo Peninsula seniors

‘What is art if not something that motivates more art?’

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O’Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Starting Tuesday, May 11, B.C. adults born in 1981 and earlier will be able to register for a vaccine dose. (Haley Ritchie/Black Press Media)
BC adults 40+ eligible to book COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Starting Tuesday, people born in 1981 and earlier will be able to schedule their inoculation against the virus

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Aquilini Investment Group has agreed to a proposed contract of five years to run the Abbotsford Centre. (File photo)
Proposal to run Abbotsford Centre offered to Canucks ownership group

Planned five-year contract to cost city $750K annually, starting Jan. 1, 2022

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

Victoria police say the photo they circulated of an alleged cat thief was actually a woman taking her own cat to the vet. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Photo of suspected cat thief released by Victoria police actually just woman with her pet

Police learned the she didn’t steal Penelope the cat, and was actually taking her cat to the vet

Most Read