Rossland: Lafond vs. Morel for mayor, 12 for council

Rossland's temporary city hall (Greg Nesteroff/Vista Radio)

It took until Friday afternoon for anyone to step forward to run for mayor in Rossland, but now there will be a race.

Former councillor Kim Lafond will run against incumbent councillor Andy Morel. Incumbent mayor Kathy Moore did not seek re-election.

There are also a dozen people seeking council seats, but only one incumbent among them, in Stewart Spooner. Former councillor Tim Thatcher is also running, as is Sam Troy, who has run provincially and federally for the Green Party.

The rest of the field consists of Eliza Boyce, Paul Evans, Richard Horney, Craig Humpherys, Richard Kemick, Lisa Kwiatkowski, Brian Pistak, Maya Provencal, and Jeff Weaver.

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While no one had filed nomination papers as of the start of the week, current mayor Kathy Moore says she was encouraged by the turnout at a meet-and-greet, suggesting there would be a “good, diverse” crop of candidates.

“We wanted to generate some interest in running for council, so we invited any potential candidates to come and have an informal time to meet with the current council and get a feel for the job,” she said.