Former councillor looking for mayoral chair

Johnston leaves Chamber position to run election campaign in Hope

  • Thu Oct 20th, 2011 5:00am
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Past council member Susan Johnston is running for mayor in the November 19 election. She and incumbent mayor Laurence French are the only two in the mayoral race.

Johnston was a councillor for nine years, beginning in 1998 and ending in 2008.

She took the last term off intentionally, not running for a seat on council in the most previous election.

“I took time off because I had a plan,” she told the Observer. “I wanted to run for mayor ultimately and I knew I needed to get back into the community.”

Johnston was holding the position of vice-president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce, but stepped down to run as according to law.

There are 10 people running for six council seats, including five incumbent councillors.

The incumbents are Tim Hudie, Donna Kropp, Scott Neal Medlock, Peter Robb and Ronald Smith.

The remaining five candidates are Gerry Dyble, Robert Haley, Cindy Koszegi, Walter Rawlinson and Dan Williams.

Steve Schroeder is not running for council this time around.

School board elections

When voters go to the polls on November 19, they’ll be asked to elect school board trustees as well.

In Hope, there are three available seats which are currently held by incumbents Marvin Cope, Linda McMullan and James Sinclair. Each are running again, along with newcomer Patricia Furness.

Tom Hendrickson was elected by acclamation in the Canyon Electoral Area.

In Agassiz-Harrison, which also is a part of Fraser Cascade School District 78, five people are running for three seats. They are incumbents Al Fraser, Ron Johnstone and Marilyn Warren, as well as Rose Tustian.

Katharine Johnson, who was on the initial list of candidates, has withdrawn her name from the election.

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