Whistler to choose from at least 10 candidates for last council seat
Ten candidates are taking the second chance, given to them this week by a provincial court judge, to run for the empty sixth council seat.
A provincial court judge resolved the tie between Marianne Wade and Dave Kirk by calling a runoff election. The election will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.
All 13 unsuccessful candidates can run again but three have opted out of the election, according to an unofficial poll conducted by Pique Newsmagazine . They have until Monday at 4 p.m. to change their minds and put their names forward again.
The runoff election will not include the five councillors and mayor who were elected earlier this month.
Instead Whistler voters can make their choice for the sixth spot, knowing the existing make-up of council. This will make for a very interesting election, said Bob Calladine, who has decided not to run again.
"You already know who the mayor is and basically how he votes on certain things and youve got a pretty good idea of how the council is made up with the five members," he said.
"Its actually quite exciting to see which way Whistler wants the council to run"
Joining Calladine from the sidelines are Stephanie Sloan and perhaps Christopher Quinlan.
All three gave different reasons for stepping out of the race.
"Mainly Im stepping down because Ive made the decision to let someone else do it," said Sloan, who has served on council for the past six years.
"Im really proud of what Ive achieved over those six years on council," she said, adding that she wants to spend more time with her family and enjoying other Whistler things like skiing and biking.
Sloan received 898 votes in the Nov. 16 election, the highest number of votes after Wade and Kirk, who both received 1,058 votes (including one extra vote each which came from different recounts).
Christopher Quinlan, owner of Behind the Grind café, was interested in running again but was weighing his political opportunities against his business opportunities.
"While I was in the election this opportunity came up," he said.
He added that this is not a good time for him to campaign in another election.
"For me to campaign during Christmas and New Year, its not something that works with being in business," he said.
"I have a responsibility to my staff members and to my landlords and to my investors to be very, very focused."