Those planning to run in White Rock’s upcoming byelection didn’t dash for the front door of city hall last week, when the 10-day nomination period opened.
In fact, Sept. 18 came and went without a single nomination package dropped off.
“We didn’t have any come in,” city clerk Tracey Arthur confirmed Wednesday.
By Wednesday afternoon, however, two people had thrown their hat in the ring: Pat Petrala and Bruce McWilliam.
Petrala is a longtime council watcher and community advocate. McWilliam ran for council in last fall’s election, receiving 1,138 votes and finishing in 11th place.
The byelection – necessitated by the June 26 death of longtime councillor Mary-Wade Anderson – will take place Nov. 3.
Under new bylaws enacted by the city in July, those planning to run must have at least 10 people backing their nomination. Each candidate must also make a $100 nomination deposit when filing their papers.
The rules are aimed at ensuring candidates are serious, Arthur told council at the July meeting, in explaining her recommendations for change. The deposit, she added, will be refunded after campaign financial disclosure papers are filed.
The byelection is projected to cost the city $40,000.
Nomination packages may be picked up at city hall, 15322 Buena Vista Ave., or downloaded from the city’s website. They will be accepted until 4 p.m. Sept. 28.
For more information, visit www.whiterockcity.ca