Mayor Ron Hovanes with Oliver City Council (left to right): Rick Machial, Larry Schwartzenberger, Maureen Doerr, Petra Ventimilla, Andre Miller, Jack Bennest. Image credit:

Key byelection dates set for Town of Oliver

Oliver residents will go to the polls to replace a councillor that resigned

The nomination period to fill a Town of Oliver council seat opens in mid-October.

After 17 years of service, Coun. Jack Bennest resigned in early September and last week key byelection dates have been set.

The nomination period begins Oct. 17 until Oct. 27 and candidates then have until Nov. 3 to withdraw their names. Advance voting takes place on Nov. 22 and the byelection date is Dec. 2.

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According to Oliver Daily News, Pat Hampson, a former council member and mayor for three years, has decided he will put his name forward for nomination.

“I am prepared to work another five years if that should come about …. I am looking at it this way, I want to be involved; I have the drive; I feel too young to sit back,” he said to Oliver Daily News.

The Town of Oliver has estimated that the byelection will cost $11,040 that will be required to be drawn from reserves.