Two candidates file nomination papers for 2014 mayoral race

Town of Golden: Two mayoral candidates have already filed their papers for the Nov. 15 municipal election.

The nomination deadline hasn’t passed, but two mayoral candidates have already filed their papers and thrown their hats into the ring for the Nov. 15 municipal election.

Coun. Keith Hern was the first to file his papers, doing so on Sept. 30 while Coun. Ron Oszust officially declared his candidacy on Oct. 6.

The race won’t feature current Mayor Christina Benty, who has decided not to run for re-election.

Hern, originally from England, moved to Golden from Calgary in 2001. He has worked as a real estate developer, real estate agent and general contractor since moving to the area. Before that he worked as a petrolium reservoir engineering consultant and as president of a small oil and gas company.

He says he decided to run out of a desire to oversee some of the Town’s looming issues.

“The decision to run for mayor was born out of the fact that we’ve started a process of asset management and I think we’re well on the way to achieving some of our shared services with our assets that will make them much easier to manage…I think I can achieve more from the mayor’s seat (than as a councillor),” he said.

Hern earned his spot on council during a 2012 by-election.

Oszust has been considering a campaign for mayor since he learned that Mayor Benty wouldn’t be seeking re-election.

“I (weighed) the pros and cons and all of that stuff and ultimately decided (to run),” he said. “It’s another level of service to my community and I very much appreciate the opportunity.”

Oszust grew up in Bonnyville, Alta. and moved to Golden in the late ‘80s to pursue a  business opportunity. He has spent the last 23 years working for B.C. Ambulance Service and currently holds the title of Paramedic Unit Chief in Golden.

Oszust entered the world of politics in 1993 as a school board trustee before serving as CSRD Area A director from 1999 until 2011. Oszust has served on council since a successful election campaign in 2011.

Candidates for both mayor and council have until Oct. 10 to file nomination papers.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Highway 1 closed near Golden for high avalanche danger

DriveBC does not give an estimation for reopening

Kicking Horse Update Friday January 24

Kicking Horse reports 9 cm of snow in the last 24 hours,… Continue reading

Highway Update, Friday January 24

A vehicle incident has led to Highway 1 being closed in both… Continue reading

Trans-Canada to close at 11 a.m. for avalanche work

The highway will be closed until 2 p.m.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

B.C.’s oldest practising lawyer celebrates 100th birthday, shares advice

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Most Read