A one in six chance - those are the odds the 12 candidates in Coquitlam's upcoming byelection are facing to get one of two seats up for grabs.
As the nomination deadline closed Friday (Sept. 20), a total of 12 candidates had filed their nomination papers
- Michael Bell, Ben Craig, Ben Kim, Andy Lacuna, Barrie Lynch, Doug Macdonell,
Kevin Startin, Teri Towner, Chris Wilson, Vincent Wu, Kurt Zaporozan and Bonita Zarillo.
General voting day is Oct. 26, with 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 the candidates at two all-candidates meetings. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting one on Oct. 16, at the Douglas College David Lam Campus, while the Burquitlam Community Association is presenting a 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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