A resident from the City of Surrey will run for the position of Whistler mayor.
Jag Bhandari, business owner and realtor, filed nomination papers on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Bhandari owns Century 21 Apex International, a brokerage in the Lower Mainland, along with Precision Security Services, Helping Hands Institute, and Centum Aan The Spot Mortgage Corporation. He also obtained a real estate graduate degree from UBC, according to the Helping Hands Institute website. And he has a Masters in English and political science, along with a Bachelor of education.
This is not Bhandari's first time running a mayoral campaign. In 2005, Bhandari ran for the position of mayor in Surrey but was not elected.
Bhandari is currently out of the country for a month and could not be reached by phone before Pique went to press. Jason Watson, his manager of Century 21 Apex, though said Bhandari is a diverse individual who likes to help people.
According to the RMOW’s chief election officer Shannon Story, a candidate does not need to be a resident of Whistler to run for council or mayor. The only requirements are that candidates are 18 years or older, Canadian citizens and residents of B.C.
Information on other candidates for Whistler council are on pages 25, 26 and 28. The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers is Friday, Oct. 10.