A Town Council byelection to replace the late Coun. Joe Snopek will be held on June 10.
At the March 28 regular Council meeting, Town Manager Lou Varela presented a timeline of requirements leading up to the byelection, which is budgeted to cost $12,500.
“After Joe passed away late last year we did our due diligence and learned that there is no statutory requirement that says when a byelection must be held,” Mayor Ron Toyota said on Tuesday. “With Council fully able to function with six members and our staff immersed in completing the Official Community Plan (which is a provincial requirement) and preparing the 2017 budget, Council chose to set aside the byelection process until late spring.”
With no burning controversial issues, the election—if there is more than one candidate—could put the focus on where candidates live. The six current Council members are equally divided between Town of Creston and out-of-town residents. Couns. Joanna Wilson, Jim Elford and Karen Unruh all reside within town limits.
Bev Caldwell was appointed the chief electoral officer, and Donna Cassel will be her deputy.