Three incumbents out of four say they will run in Regional District of Nanaimo elections

The only incumbent not running is Nanoose Bay's George Holme

The last undecided incumbent in the Regional District of Nanaimo made up his mind Tuesday morning.

RDN director Bill Veenhof, who represents Deep Bay and Bowser, confirmed Tuesday morning he will run for re-election this fall.

“I sense that I’ve made a difference and am on the cusp of making some big differences,” he said about his decision to stand again this fall. “It’s been a fun, positive experience.”

Veenhof was acclaimed in the 2011 municipal election as he was the only candidate vying for the position.

Earlier this month, director Julian Fell, who represents the Coombs/Errington area, also announced he will seek re-election. Additionally, longstanding director and chair Joe Stanhope, who represents French Creek, announced he will also run for another term in office.

Meanwhile, director George Holme, who has represented Nanoose Bay for 29 years on the RDN board, said he will be stepping down this fall.

The RDN board is comprised of 17 members, including representatives directly elected in seven rural areas: Nanoose Bay, French Creek, Coombs/Errington, Deep Bay/Bowser, Cedar, Gabriola and Pleasant Valley. The remaining 10 members are appointed from councils in Nanaimo (seven councillors), Parksville (one), Qualicum Beach (one) and Lantzville (one).

Nomination packages have been available since Aug. 25 for those who want to be a candidate for an area director position in RDN districts including Deep Bay/Bowser, French Creek, Coombs/Errington and Nanoose Bay. The nomination period begins Sept. 30. To get on the ballot, these nomination packages must be returned to the RDN by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

The RDN is British Columbia’s fifth most populous regional district, of 28 throughout the province, and home to more than 140,000 people.

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