Opinion

EDITORIAL: Ready for silly season

While it may seem like we are in the midst of the dog days of summer and life — at least on the news front — is slowing down, there is still plenty of action going on beneath the surface.

2014 is an election year and silly season, as it is sometimes referred to, will begin once children return to school in September. (That is if the province and the teachers can finally settle their affairs in a respectful manner.)

Four months from now, voters will head to the polls (on Saturday, November 15) and cast their ballots for mayor, council, school trustees, and regional district directors.

It’s likely to be an fascinating process. With all the emotionally charged opinions on the teacher strike, the school board campaign is sure to be fiery. And the recent furniture debate will likely be brought up during the RDCK campaign.

But Nelson city hall may end up being the most interesting campaign.

While it is impossible to predict what the results of an election will be, although many try, one thing is certain, there will be plenty of new faces sitting around the table come December.

Current councillors Donna Macdonald, Paula Kiss and Candace Batycki have all confirmed they will not seek re-election in November.

That means at least three seats are available for council newcomers.

Meanwhile both councillors Bob Adams and Robin Cherbo have confirmed they will be seeking another term.

The remaining two council members, Mayor John Dooley and councillor Deb Kozak, are undecided.

Really? Four months until the election, two months until the campaign and they haven’t made up their minds?

With rumours that Kozak may seek the mayor’s chair, could it be that both sides are waiting for the other to announce first?

Let the games begin.

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