The candidates for Victoria’s byelection are in.
A byelection was planned for earlier this year to replace Laurel Collins who stepped down from council after being elected a Member of Parliament in October 2019, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
A new date of Dec. 12 has been set.
Eleven candidates are in the running to fill one council position. Stephen Andrew, Rob Duncan, Riga Godron, Stefanie Hardman, Bill Heflin, Jason Heit, Sean Leitenberg, Hailey McLeod, Keith Rosenberg, Alexander Schmid and Roshan Vickery will be competing for the role.
In order to run for council, candidates needed 25 people to sign their nomination forms.
A byelection candidate profile guide will be released of the City of Victoria’s website on Nov. 17.
On Dec. 12 eligible voters can vote at any of the following locations: James Bay Community School, Oaklands Elementary School, Sir James Douglas Elementary School, Da Vinci Centre, Crystal Garden or at Victoria High School. An accessible voting machine will be at Crystal Garden on general voting day.
There will be eight advanced voting opportunities held at Crystal Garden on Dec. 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
City council has authorized a ministerial order from the provincial government that enables anyone to apply to vote by mail. The application process to vote by mail will open on Nov. 9.