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Election 2014: Four challengers for mayor and 17 for council as nominations close

City of Chilliwack: School District 33: The field gets crowded as the official start to the municipal election campaign gets under way

There will be four people vying for the mayor’s chair in Chilliwack and another 17 fighting for the six seats on council, following the close of nominations in the 2014 municipal election.

Fourteen people are letting their names stand for the seven seats available on the Chilliwack school board.

And in Cultus Lake, five people are seeking the two seats available to Chilliwack voters.

Incumbent mayor Sharon Gaetz faces three challengers: Raymond Cauchi, Cameron Hull and Jason Kramer.

Only one incumbent won’t be seeking re-election for city council: Ken Huttema. All the rest – Sue Attrill, Jason Lum, Stewart McLean, Ken Popove and Chuck Stam – are seeking re-election.

They’ll be joined on the ballot by some familiar and some new names.

Seeking election this time around are Phil Bruce, Brigida Crosbie, Brenda Currie, Gerry Goosen, Kim Harder, Dick Harrington, Michael Kha, Chris Kloot, Patti MacAhonic, Phillip Maxwell, Sam Waddington and Richard Williams.

On school board, all but Doug McKay is seeking another term. Dan Coulter, Silvia Dyck, Walt Krahn, Heather Maahs, Barry Neufeld and Martha Wiens have all declared their candidacy.

They’ll be challenged by Ben Besler, Karen Conway, John-Henry Harter, Karen Jarvis, Paul McManus, Marion Mussell, Harold Schmidt and Rob Stelmaschuk.

The five people vying for seats on the Cultus Lake Park Board are Scott Allinott, Darcy Bauer, David Renwick, Malcolm Shanks and Carlton Toews.

The list of nominees is still unofficial. The chief elections officer will be working to confirm the list in the coming days.

For more on candidates who have provided information to The Progress, go to our elections page