Sonya Paterson was relieved when her name was called eighth by Township of Langley deputy chief electoral officer Bob Wilson Friday afternoon, during the draw that will determine the order names will appear on the election ballot of voting day.
“That’s good,” she said.
On a long list of 27 candidates running for councillor, position can be important, she said.
Too far down and you run the risk of being overlooked.
The former school trustee was one of several candidates to show up for the 4:30 p.m. event.
At the close of nominations, three people had filed papers to run for mayor — incumbent Rick Green, incumbent councillor Mel Kositsky and Jack Froese (Froese won top spot on the ballot).
The other candidates for council included incumbents Bev Dornan, Steve Ferguson, Charlie Fox, Bob Long. Kim Richter and Grant Ward.
Murray Jones and Dan Sheel, who ran in the 2008 election, are running again. Another former candidate, Petrina Arnason, who ran in 2005, is running again.
The Vote Langley Now slate, which is running with Green, has seven candidates running — Tyler deBoer, Tony Malyk, Dorothy McKim, Ben Penner, Carla Robin, Dave Stark and Glen Tomblin (Robin won first spot on the ballot). Both Tomblin and McKim have run for council in the past.
Two candidates who ran in the spring federal election are also running. Rebecca Darnell ran for the Liberals in the May election, while Carey Poitras ran for the Green Party.
Others seeking one of the eight councillors’ seats are Bert Chen, Wayne Crossen, David Davis, Rick Manuel, Clive Rippingale, Terry Sheldon, Michelle Sparrow and Misty vanPopta.
There are 11 people seeking the five Township seats on the Langley Board of Education.
They include incumbent trustees Wendy Johnson, Rod Ross, Alison McVeigh and Cecelia Reekie. Longtime trustee Steve Burton is not seeking re-election.
Also running is Kirsten Schaffer-Charlesworth, who ran in 2008 in the City, and Brian Leonard, who ran in the January Board of Education byelection. Other candidates are John McKendry, who is currently interim president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Pamala Combs, Megan Dykeman, Kari Medos and Douglas Smuland. (Combs won top spot on the ballot).
The election takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19.