Besides getting ready for trick-ortreating, Coquitlam residents will also be asked to go to the polls at the end of October to pick two new city councillors.
And by the end of Friday, voters will get a full picture of their choices in the upcoming byelection. The nomination period, which began Sept. 10, closes today (Friday) at 4 p.m. As of Thursday, eight people have filed their nomination papers - Michael Bell, Ben Craig, Barrie Lynch, Doug Macdonell, Chris Wilson, Vincent Wu, Kurt Zaporozan and Bonita Zarillo.
Wilson was the most recent addition, announcing Thursday he would be running for one of the council seats.
"I am running for council because I want to be a champion for our city," Wilson said in a press release.
"Which means standing up for Coquitlam on issues like local jobs, affordable housing and responsible development."
Wilson, a candidate in last May's provincial election, a former Olympic wrestler and current executive director of KidsSport Tri-Cities, also went on to say he's concerned that Coquitlam remains affordable in the future.
"We need strong, creative and responsible affordable housing solutions," he said. "We need rental housing replacement policies to ensure that all of us, and the next generation, can afford to live in Coquitlam."
Earlier in the week, Wu tossed his hat into the ring. The longtime Coquitlam resident and former journalist, who was edged by Wilson for the NDP nomination for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, has ran in two previous municipal elections.
He finished 12th both times.
General voting day is Oct. 26, but there are advanced polls on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex and Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 at the Pinetree Community Centre.
In the meantime, residents can catch a glimpse of all the candidates at two ll-candidates meetings.
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Douglas College David Lam Campus.
The Burquitlam Community Association is hosting the second meeting on Oct. 17 at Banting Middle School.
Both all-candidate meetings are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Oct. 26 byelection is needed to replace former councillors Selina Robinson and Linda Reimer, who won MLA seats earlier this year.
Both councillors had requested an unpaid leave of absence until Jan. 3, 2014 to allow city council to bypass the need for a byelection.
However, in July Coquitlam council voted in favour of holding the bylection.
Mid-term byelections are nothing new to Coquitlam residents. The last one was held in 2010, with Coun. Neal Nicholson taking the seat with 2,490 votes.
The cost of a byelection is estimated to be $150,000.
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