Perrino in by acclamation

Mayor Janice Perrino will be at the helm for another three years.

The outcome of the Nov. 19 election for municipal council is not known, but one thing is certain: Mayor Janice Perrino will be at the helm for another three years.

Perrino, the mayor since 2008, was the only one to file papers for the mayoral role.

This is a change from previous elections when there has been some competition for the mayor’s seat.

In 2008, there were two candidates vying for the role. In 1999, 2002 and 2005, there were three mayoral candidates.

“I’m so thrilled. I can’t believe it,” Perrino said. “I feel so honoured to be part of this community.

She believes the acclamation is an endorsement of the direction she and the council have been following for the past three years.

“We’re laying the groundwork for good future development,” she said.

“We have to be here to serve the community.”

The next term will be her second as mayor and her fifth as a part of the council.

The number of people on the ballot for the six councillor positions is smaller than in past years.

Incumbents Lloyd Christopherson, Gordon Clark, Bruce Hallquist, Jim  Kyluik and Ken Roberge are all seeking re-election in November. Sam Elia, who had filed papers, withdrew his nomination on Tuesday morning.

The new candidates this year are Robert Hacking, Orv Robson, Martin Van Alphen, Peter Waterman and Donna Wright, bringing the list to 10 candidates.

The most recent election, in 2008, saw 15 candidates vying for the six council seats and in 1999 there were 19 candidates.

Six candidates are on the ballot for school trustee positions.

Incumbent Linda Van Alphen is running again, but Connie Denesiuk, a trustee since 1993, is not seeking re-election.

Other school trustee candidates are Linda Beaven, Terry Green, Dale MacDonald, Rob Melle and Christine Petkau.

Summerland voters elect two trustees to the Okanagan Skaha School Board.

The election will be held on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Giant’s Head Elementary School and Summerland Secondary School.

Advance voting will be at municipal hall on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.