Baker’s dozen vie for 6 Revelstoke council seats; mayor unopposed

A total of 13 candidates will be vying for six spots at the Revelstoke city council table in the Nov. 19 municipal election.

A total of 13 candidates will be vying for six spots at the Revelstoke city council table in the Nov. 19 municipal election. Nobody challenged incumbent mayor David Raven, meaning he will surely be acclaimed for another term.

Here are the council candidates, including a brief introduction to new candidates. Incumbents are marked with an ‘x’:

  • Steve Bender (x)
  • Rick Hodgson was not immediately available for comment.
  • Chris Johnston (x)
  • Linda Nixon, 60, is a nurse. She told the Times Review she’d like to make Revelstoke a more welcoming environment for young people and especially young entrepreneurs.
  • Jim Ritchie, 62, is a businessperson who most notably has operated the Chevron gas station for the past 25 years. He feels council needs a businessperson’s point of view.
  • Jason Roe was not immediately available for comment. Roe and his brother Brydon Roe have significant real estate holdings in Revelstoke and operate the Powder Springs Inn.
  • Tony Scarcella (x)
  • Karen Schneider was not immediately available for comment.
  • Jody Simm, 34, is a silviculture worker. He was not immediately available for comment.
  • Gary Starling, 53, is a CP Rail employee.
  • Murray Velichko, 40, is a professional engineer and owner of Frisby Ridge Construction. He said Revelstoke needs a renewed focus on economic development.
  • Pat Wells, 58, retired, said he was running to represent the changing demographic in Revelstoke. He said the city is not changing to meet the needs of younger people moving to town, such as the mountain bikers, hikers and new wave of resource users.
  • Phil Welock (x)

See the Oct. 19 issue of the Revelstoke Times Review for more on the council candidates.

As well, Loni Parker is the sole candidate for director of Columbia-Shuswap Regional District Area B. She will likely be acclaimed to another term.