Preliminary results for mayor of Nanaimo


Krog 20,040
Hubbard 6,802
Farmere 365

Preliminary vote totals for city council

With the final votes tallied, the City of Nanaimo is pleased to confirm the results of the 2018 Election. Chief

Election Officer, Sheila Gurrie, has declared the following candidates for the next Mayor and Council. As the

candidate who received the highest number of valid votes for the Office of the Mayor, Leonard Krog has been

officially elected.

The following candidates, who received the highest number of valid votes for the Office of Councillor, are also

officially elected:

Hemmens 15,937
Armstrong  15,817
Geselbracht 15,136
Brown 14,935
Turley 11,649
Bonner 9,674
Thorpe 8,993
Maartman 8,558


Remaining candidates

Manhas 5,994
Smith Norm 5,824
Korpan 5,451
Pratt 5,092
Kent  4,776
Urquhart 4,683
Loos 4,322
Hong 4,063
Beaulieu 3,921
Ribicic 3,690
Routley 3,629
Petersen 3,606
Olsen 3,482
Gouda Pele 2,686
Manners 2,074
Smith Rick 2,023
Zboyovsky 2,023
MacIlquham 1,962
Fuller 1,930
Brunie 1,774
Thammana 1,760
Kornberger 1,555
Storrie 1,411
Whaley 1,273
Thompson 1,042
Simpson David 945
Statham 856
Scott Richard 692
Peach Conrad 667
Turnip 610
Osborne 605
Breuker 198

Swain elected mayor of Lantzville in three-way contst

Lantzville is starting its next term with a smaller council headed by a new mayor.

Mark Swain was elected mayor on Saturday, leading a council that will include:

Jamie Wilson,

Karen Proctor,

Ian Savage

Will Geselbracht.


Preliminary election results, all polls reporting

School District 68 preliminary results

Voting locations on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On General Election Day, October 20, eligible electors can vote at any of these voting locations, open 8 am to 8 pm:

- Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Road
- Chase River Elementary School, 1503 Cranberry Avenue
- City of Nanaimo Service & Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
- Coal Tyee Elementary School, 2280 Sun Valley Drive 
- Departure Bay Activity Centre, 1415 Wingrove Street
- Georgia Avenue Elementary School, 625 Georgia Avenue
- McGirr Elementary School, 6199 McGirr Road
- Nanaimo Alliance Church, 1609 Meredith Road
- Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, 741 Third Street
- Protection Island Fire Hall, 26 Pirates Lane (Open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
- Randerson Ridge Elementary School, 6021 Nelson Road
- Wellington Community Hall, 3922 Corruna Avenue

Advertising on election day

Elections BC is reminding candidates, elector organizations, advertising sponsors and media that election advertising is not allowed on October 20, 2018, General Voting Day for local elections. This includes newspaper, television or radio advertising, internet and social media advertising and automated phone calls or text messages to promote candidates or elector organizations.

Candidates, elector organizations and advertising sponsors are allowed to do:

  • free posts on social media
  • live person-to-person telephone calls
  • advertising on the Internet for the sole purpose of encouraging voters to vote in the election
  • campaigning activities*
    • door-to-door canvassing
    • handing out brochures
    • placing election or advertising signs or posters
    • “mainstreeting” and “sign-and-wave”

Media cannot publish any election advertising online or via newspaper, radio or television.

Requirements to vote

To vote in the election, you must either be a Resident Elector or Non-Resident Property Elector.

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have lived in Nanaimo for at least 30 days before the day you vote
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.

Non-Resident Property Electors

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have owned property in the City of Nanaimo for at least 30 days
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.
  • Have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Only one non-resident property elector per property may vote, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf. 

Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions.

Becoming a Candidate

To be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing their nomination documents.  They do not have to live or own property in the City of Nanaimo.

In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • Be a Canadian Citzen
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law

A person is ineligible to run for office in a general local election if they:

  • Have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
  • Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office
  • Are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • Are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution
  • Have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to file a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election, failing to make an oath of office, or failing to attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter
  • Have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government ActCommunity CharterLocal Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law

View the candidate guides and resources on the Province of BC website.

View Elections BC Local Election Candidate Guides.

More information on voting and running for office will be available in August.


General voting information and locations

With the 2018 General Local Election just under four weeks away, the City is in final planning stages to make voting easier for eligible electors. In addition to 12 places located throughout the city on voting day, there are opportunities to vote by mail or on two different advance voting days.  

Residents wishing to participate in advance voting can do so on Wednesday, October 10 and 17 from 8 am to 8 pm in the Bowen Park Auditorium at 500 Bowen Road.

The following voting places will be open on General Election Day, October 20 from 8 am to pm.

• Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Road
• Chase River Elementary School, 1503 Cranberry Avenue
• Coal Tyee Elementary School, 2280 Sun Valley Drive
• Departure Bay Activity Centre, 1415 Wingrove Street
• Georgia Avenue Elementary School, 625 Georgia Avenue
• McGirr Elementary School, 6199 McGirr Road
• Nanaimo Alliance Church, 1609 Meredith Road
• Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, 741 Third Street
• Protection Island Fire Hall (poll open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm), 26 Pirates Lane
• Randerson Ridge Elementary School, 6021 Nelson Road
• Service and Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
• Wellington Community Hall, 3922 Corunna Avenue

Mail-in ballot voting is available for those expecting to be absent or who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote in person. Applications are available on the City website or through the City's Legislative Services Department.

Find more information on the election, how to register and who is running for Council at

Candidates confront affordable housing at UWay forum

0510 - Two of the biggest issues facing Nanaimo were the focus of an all-candidates forum, in the hopes of informing residents about which candidates will take a stand on homelessness and affordable housing.

The United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island's forum on the topics drew about 260engaged voters to ask candidates if they'll support strategies to promote affordable housing and end homelessness, as well as if candidates have the nerve to stand up to those who don't want supportive housing in their backyards.

After seeing candidates talk one-on-one with everyone at the Beban Park Social Centre Thursday night, United Way executive director Signy Madden told NanaimoNewsNOW she saw a wide range of candidates contemplate the issues.

MORE at Nanaimo News Now

Candidates answer to south end Nanaimo residents

Candidates almost outnumbered the audience at the Southend Nanaimo Neighbourhood candidate event. About 35 candidates participated, including two for mayor.
- Merv Unger photo

Chamber and OurNanaimo preparing for election activities

The Chamber of Commerce and OurNanaimo are staging two Candidate Forum to provide opportunities to meet and question candidates for mayor and council.

Tuesday, October 9 will feature a one-hour mayoral debate, following the All Candidate Fair.  All three mayoral candidates applied for this debate, and all three have been invited to attend: Raymon Farmere, Don Hubbard and Leonard Krog. 

The three mayoral responses to the application questions are now posted to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and OurNanaimo websites. We encourage voters to consult these responses as another valuable assessment tool.

The October 9 All Candidate Fair is from 6-7:45 p.m., followed by the Mayoral Debate from 8-9 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon St.  For further details on the process, and more information on these candidate forums, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions. Councillor candidates’ responses to the four application questions continue to be assessed and will be released on October 10.

An analysis of incumbent councillors

Don White

Don White writes for more than one web page. Here's his assessment in News Nanaimo of the incumbent city councillors and whether they deserve his vote. 

0920 - If any aspect has become obvious during the past couple of years, it’s that voters have no reliable higher authority willing and able to protect their interests. None. Not a one. If anything goes wrong, you and I are out here on our own.

During the four year history of Nanaimo’s current council, the Province of BC refused on more than one occasion to intercede with our dysfunctional and destructive City Hall. Nanaimo voters were left alone to endure the chaos, bills, and the dismantling of City services and staff that will now take us a decade or more to clean up and replace.


List of candidate questions set by Chamber of Commerce

OurNanaimo is partnering with the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce to present two Candidate Forums in advance of the October 20 Nanaimo municipal elections, to provide the community with several robust opportunities to meet and question candidates for mayor and council.

Tuesday, October 9 will feature an All Candidate Fair followed by mayoral debates.  Based on community interest, school trustee candidates are invited to participate and register in the All Candidate Fair. Monday, October 15 will feature councillor candidate debates in a “fish bowl” format. Both events will be held at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre, Nanaimo.

Mayoral and Councillor candidates who wish to participate in the October 9 and 15 debates must apply by responding to four questions. Responses will be evaluated by Chamber and OurNanaimo representatives. Candidates whose responses meet or exceed the qualifying criteria will be invited to participate in the debates.

Candidate Debate Application Questions

In 250 words or less per response, respond to the following 4 questions. 

  1. How would you describe the role you are seeking (mayor or councillor) and how do your skills, experience and qualifications prepare you to take on this serious and complex role?
  2. Outline the approaches and actions you think council should take to help foster a prosperous, vibrant, sustainable and diverse Nanaimo economy and community.
  3. Describe your vision, approach and tactics for how you as a council member and council as a body should engage with its various partners, stakeholders and constituents.
  4. Nanaimo Council is served and supported by a series of committees. How should these committees be structured, mandated and governed? 

Candidate responses must be received at info@nanaimochamber.bc.caby 12:00 pm (noon), September 24. All responses will also be posted to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and OurNanaimo websites. For further details on the debate application process, and more information on these candidate forums, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.


Don White's commentaries return for election

Don White

Local retiree Don White wrote a series of articles last year on the performance at Nanaimo City Hall. In view of the current election campaign, and the relevancy of those commentaries, we have decided to repost an archive of Don's excellent work. Click on the top menu bar of go here


Rules for voting by mail in Oct. 20 civic election

Eligible voters who wish to vote in the 2018 Municipal Election but are not able to make it in person to voting locations will have the opportunity to mail in their ballots.

Voting by mail is permitted for qualified electors if they have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote or expect to be absent from the City of Nanaimo on General Voting Day on Saturday, October 20, 2018 and during the Advance Voting Opportunities on Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday October 17, 2018.

Applications to vote by mail can be obtained either in person from the Legislative Services Department at 455 Wallace Street, by email at or by downloading the Application to Vote By Mail form from the City's website. Mail ballot packages will be mailed by the Legislative Services Department after September 26, 2018 to those qualified electors who submitted forms.

For a mail in ballot to be counted for the election, they must be submitted either by mail to the Legislative Services Department to arrive before 4:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2018 or hand delivered to the Service and Resource Centre by 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 

For more information regarding the election and where to vote, please visit our website at

Campaign financing regulations

Here's a handy video and the new rules regulating the civic election. 

Organizations, businesses and unions can no longer donate to candidates.



Information sessions being held for candidates

Two local government candidate information seminars will be held on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

The purpose is to provide potential candidates with information on the role and expectations of Mayor and Council for the City of Nanaimo, including how to become a candidate, what's involved in becoming an elected official and other matters of interest to anyone seeking to be elected to Council.

Those interested in becoming candidates are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

To become a candidate you must be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day, October 20, 2018; a Canadian Citizen; resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and, not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Nomination period begins September 4

The 2018 Municipal Election is drawing nearer with nomination period opening on Tuesday, September 4. Those wishing to run as candidates must file nomination papers with the Chief Election Officer or designate at the Legislative Services Office in City Hall. To file, candidates are asked to make an appointment by calling Legislative Services at 250-755-4405.

For more information on the 2018 Municipal Election, please visit

* The nomination period runs from 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 4 through to 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14.

* Candidates must make an appointment to file nomination papers with Legislative Services by calling 250-755-4405.

* Nomination packages are still available for pick up at Legislative Services in City Hall until 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018.

  Sheila Gurrie
  Chief Elections Officer
  City of Nanaimo

* General Voting Day for the 2018 Municipal Election is on Saturday, October 20. There are two advanced voting opportunities on Wednesday, October 10 and 17.


2018 Election information

Candidate information

News Release: 2018 General Local Election nomination packages available July 27

Slim pickings in race for city council seats

0802 - The election website now has 15 names in the race for city council, but voters would be hard-pressed to find eight people with the qualifications to serve on city council.

We have less than three months to go, and we have heard of a number of possible additional candidates, including one past councillor. That list of possibles has some good candidates on it, so stay tuned to for the very latest if and when they announce. Once the whole lineup is declared it will be easier to sort the wheat from the chaff.

The mayor's race is still at two, but we're hearing from various sources that Mayor Bill McKay has not thrown in the towel and may make a run for re-election.

Yoachim not seeking re-election to city council

Coun. Bill Yoachim

0812 - Councillor Bill Yoacham has toid Nanaimo News Now that he will not seek re-election in October. Coun. Yoachim is completing his first four-year term which has involved considerable controversey, not the least of which was his support for a proposed Events Centre. That project was defeated by voters by 80 per cent.

Councillor Jim Kipp announced earlier that he won't run again after numerous terms on council.

There is still no word from Mayor Bill McKay and councillors Bill Bestwick, Jerry Hong and Gordon Fuller.

Councillors Sheryl Armstrong and Ian Thorpe will seek another term.

What you should know about being a candidate

A number of people have contacted Nanaimonet seeking information on becoming candidate for the Oct. 20, 2018 municipal elections – city, RDN and school district.

There is no magic answer to that question, it involves numerous factors.

First, Why are you running? Is it because you really want to serve your community? The pay for the work involved in being a councillor is not good, so if that’s your intent, look around for something else.

Are there specific issues you are interested in?

How well is your name known in the community? Many people check the names they know when they vote, so if you are well known across the board, you have a better chance of being elected

Public participation in the past can establish your credentials. How much volunteer work have you done in the community – service clubs, food banks, women’s groups?

In the volunteer category, do you have experience in serving on boards of directors, or even chairing such boards? 

Awareness of issues is absolutely critical. Know what the issues are before getting into the race. Appearing uninformed hurts credibility. "Faking it" is the quickest way to get destroyed.

Do you follow council meetings on a regular basis, as an observer at meetings or on TV? That will go a long way in helping make up your mind if this is really for you.

If you have any specific questions, please send them to


The municipal councillor's handbook

What you should know when you are deciding to run for city council. There's a lot to be familiar with.

Civic leadership series hailed as a huge success

0511 - The Civic Leadership Speakers Series, created by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, OurNanaimo and Leadership Vancouver Island, over the last two weeks, was a great success.

Focused on the fundamentals of local governance, this pilot initiative had 45 attendees – declared candidates, others considering running for municipal office, and those interested in the necessary competencies for elected officials to effectively serve the community. This course was precedent-setting in B.C. and has sparked interest from other municipalities.

Comments from participants were overwhelmingly positive:

“Reconfirmed what leadership feels like.”

“I loved the examples of how citizen empowerment can work.”

“Presenters were thoughtful and engaging.”

“Thanks for an excellent, thought-provoking series.”

Chamber CEO Kim Smythe saids the positive feedback indicates success of the vision to provide a unique learning experience through non-partisan speakers and leaders on a broad range of local governance mattersC. 

The overall objective was to prepare potential candidates for city council, and to contribute to effective local governance. The series began with an introductory session, followed by four sessions related to the roles and responsibilities of elected officials.  

Sydney Robertson of OurNanaimo said the initiative was well-received and has made a difference in raising awareness about the serious roles and responsibilities of elected officials.”

Kipp planning to retire from city council in October

Councillor Jim Kipp

0414 - Nanaimo city council will have at least one new member after the October 20 election.

Councillor Jim Kipp told that he has decided to retire from council at the end of this term.

Kipp has been on city council for 10 consecutive years, beginning in 2008 and also served another three-year term earlier.

No other incumbent councillors have made their intentions known at this time.

There are a number of prospective candidates for council but to date none of them have officially announced their candidacy.

Leadership speakers series kicks off Oct. 20 election

0408 - Three Nanaimo organizations are kicking off the 2018 civic election campaign a civic leadership speakers’ Series focused on the fundamentals of local governance and elected officials. 

The series is the creation of The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, OurNanaimo and Leadership Vancouver Island. 

It begins with an introductory session on April 24, followed by four sessions about the roles and responsibilities of elected officials. Current and past council members are excluded.

This pilot initiative features a series of four talks, by subject-matter experts, for citizens considering running for council in October. The over all objective is to prepare potential candidates and to achieve better local.

The program will contribute to a better understanding of the skills, knowledge and serious commitment required to be a councillor, said Sydney Robertson of OurNanaimo. Kim Smythe of the Chamber said the group is committed to being non-partisan to educate and promote awareness of community leadership.

Leadership Vancouver Island President Russ Burke said this event fulfills his group’s mandate to help emerging leaders, their teams and their communities to address today’s complex challenges.

Advance registration is required, and sessions will be available only to participants who do not currently or have not previously held public office. 

Registration and information

Other Links: OurNanaimo:
Leadership Vancouver Island:

It's time to clean house at city hall

By Merv Unger

0408 - To a political junkie like I am, election campaigns cannot come soon enough and often enough. The next civic election is just over six months away, and not surprisingly the sleepy giant appears to be stirring. There’s no question that interest in the October 20 election for city council will draw a lot more scrutiny than in recent previous terms.

Hats off to the three local groups which are organizing a speaker series for prospective candidates. It is an excellent way for would-be candidates for mayor and council to learn some of the ropes before they decide if this is their cup of tea. (See details on this page).

We’ve had controversy in the past, but nothing matches the dysfunction of the present cast of characters at city hall. If we are to believe the way the tea leaves are swirling, vocal electors want to “throw out the whole bunch” on city council. It’s difficult to argue with them, given the laughing stock Nanaimo has become, not only in our own province but right across Canada.

The interest appears to focus on the mayoralty, with four or five possible candidates rustling the bushes to see what shakes out.

We don’t have to guess about Norm Smith, the former Mountie, has been in the race since the last election. He’s declared, but the others I’ve been hearing about have not made their intentions public, so we’ll respect that until they do declare with all the attendant fanfare. From the names that have been touted, it should be a very interesting contest, and Nanaimo will likely wind up with an excellent mayor.

City council, with eight spots, is another story. Again, some names are being suggested, but those people have not stepped forward yet. We always have to look at the incumbents first, and that’s where it gets dicey. Will any of the Gang of Five even bother running again, or are they oblivious to the negativity they have?

It could be challenging if voters toss the whole bunch because there is danger in electing an entirely new council – experience does count. That puts the load on Diane Brennan, Sheryl Armstrong and Ian Thorpe to return and provide at least some stability.

It would ordinarily not be too bad with a total sweep of council, but with the precarious situation surrounding the current disastrous management of the city, that’s a real danger.

If anyone has intentions to run for city council, now is the time to get yourself known to the voters, exposure is everything. The first step should be to sign up for the speakers series to find out what the job is all about. Know what you're getting yourself in for.

Oh, by the way, if you hear of any prospective candidates, drop me a note at