Municipal government

Meet your candidates for municipal government – and find out why they’re running – Princeton Similkameen Spotlight

Voters in the City of Princeton and Area H of the Regional District are spoiled for choice when it comes to the 2022 municipal elections.

The window for applications to be submitted, before the vote on October 15, closed on Friday September 9 at 4 p.m.

Doug Pateman, a former city councilman, is challenging incumbent Spencer Coyne for the seat of mayor.

In the Okanagan Similkameen Regional District, Michael Mazurek, director of facilities at Optimi Health and BC Green Pharmaceuticals, is running against Bob Coyne, who is seeking his third term as director of Zone H.

There are six prospects running for four council positions at Princeton, including all councilors who served from 2018 to 2022 – Tyler Willis, Barb Gould, Randy McLean and George Elliott.

Arone Sheriland and Bob Long, newcomers to the Princeton political landscape, will also be on the ballot.

All candidates have been officially declared by Carrie Kassa, Chief Electoral Officer for the City of Princeton.

This week, Spotlight asked candidates, for City Council and Zone H, to provide a brief statement with their reasons for running for office.

The Mayor’s Office

spencer coyne – Incumbent

“This last term has been unprecedented – a once-in-200-year flood, wildfires and the pandemic. We stayed the course. We stayed focused on solving problems, while moving forward. I believe the job is not finished. I’ve shown leadership through some of the toughest times our community has ever seen, and I want to finish the job.

Doug Pateman

“Princeton must grow while meeting the basic needs of our city. It has been 10 months since the flood and many people are still without water, many cannot return to their flood damaged homes. What are the plans and where is the money being spent? I have the desire and the know-how to approach problems in a transparent manner.

Council Positions

george Elliot – Incumbent

“There are several projects currently underway and I would like to see them completed. This includes infrastructure, housing and tourism initiatives, to name a few. There have been big changes at Princeton during this term and I would like to continue to be a part of them, as well as the upcoming changes that will occur in the next term.

Barb Gould – Incumbent

“I am seeking re-election as a Princeton City Councilor as I feel I have more work to do. I don’t come to the table with a personal agenda, I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving. If I am re-elected, I am ready to work with whoever the voters decide to bring to the table.

Long Bob

“I love Princeton and believe that stepping up public service is an essential part of building community. I really support volunteerism and feel that I can do a lot to move Princeton forward, with fresh ideas and a really positive attitude.I have many years of local government experience to bring to the board table.

Randy McLean – Incumbent

“I am running as a councilor because I believe we can improve the functioning of this municipality. I believe we can never stop striving to get $1.10 worth of every taxpayer dollar. My years of experience can help work towards that end. The dollars saved on projects and initiatives only create the capacity to carry out more projects and initiatives. »

Arone Sheriland

“Attending city council meetings has inspired me to be part of the process of creating change for the good of the community. I believe in transparency and accountability. I want to be the voice of all that makes Princeton their home and focus on the community, adding to the livability of our great city and doing it in an honest and responsible way.

Tyler Willis – Incumbent

“I first decided to run for mayor because I was born and raised here in Princeton. In 2010 we decided to raise our family here. We love Princeton and think it’s is great, but I think it can be even better.Princeton has incredible potential and I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made in our first term.



Bob Coyne – Holder

“We have been through some of the worst times our country has seen in the past four years. We need to repair the damage, rebuild and move on. This will require strong and experienced leadership. We must continue to move forward in a spirit of cooperation and openness. I am willing and able to do so, with your continued support.

Michel Mazurek

“I am running for office because I feel I can make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the community and region in which I have lived and worked for the past 15+ years. The best way for me to do so is to be elected at the local government level to represent the people within our community.

On September 22, the Spotlight will include the five candidates from School District 58 – incumbents Leah Ward and Dan Rainer, and challengers Ed Staples, Jamie Kent-Laidlaw and Dan Hillman. Ahead of the October 15 election, candidates will be profiled and asked specific questions.

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