Two challengers, four incumbents win TNRD seats

NEWS/ CIVIC ELECTION 2014 – The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has a couple of new directors. Electoral Area A (Wells Gray Country) incumbent Tim Pennell was defeated by Carol Schaffer on Saturday by a vote of 164 to 177.

John Sternig, who has held the Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) seat for the past six years, lost to Mel Rothenburger, 444 to 512.

Electoral Area B (Thompson-Headwaters) director Willow MacDonald defeated challenger Max Lentz — a former director — 69 to 51. Incumbent Ronaye Elliott of Area J (Copper Desert Country) won against Ron McGivern, 143 to 78, While Ken Gillis retained his Area L seat over former director John Taylor 281 to 184, and Bill Kershaw defeated Mike Fennell 156 to 88 in Area O.

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5 Comments on Two challengers, four incumbents win TNRD seats

  1. Congrats Mel! Still should have ran for mayor again though.

    • Yes, he should have run for mayor. Mel stated “I don’t view issues from an urban-centric perspective” but I say hard to switch hats. We needed someone who would & could relate to the needs of the small rural communities – please note that Mel’s biggest support came overwhelmingly from Sun Rivers – urban I would say. Most of the smaller areas, McLure, Heffley, Pinantan, who need someone looking out for their interests, voted for John because that’s what he has done for the past 6 years. Kamloops had 6 Directors, now they have a 7th. I will be watching closely.

  2. You seemed to dismiss the fact that Sun Rivers that doesn’t pay any taxes into the TNRD voted 180 in your favour to 62 to the incumbent. Don’t you think its time for Sun Rivers to pay into Hospital Capital taxes or libary taxes like the rest of us.

    Perhaps not.


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