COMOX VALLEY ELECTIONS 2022
For most people, it’s Comox Valley’s local governments that have the most direct impact. Local governments affect broad swaths of our lives, including the livability of our communities through land use and zoning, the water quality in our creeks and streams and they provide us with parks and recreation. It’s important to vote in local elections. On this page, you’ll find profiles of some candidates, election commentary, our endorsements and where-to-vote information.
It was weird. But when the sun rose on Oct. 16, Comox Valley voters had made it clear they liked the direction charted by our local governments. In the municipalities, they elected all but two incumbents. In most races, the vote was a definite pat on the back for a job well done.
Mayor Bob Wells and all Courtenay incumbent councillors have been re-elected. Evan Jolicoeur has also been elected. Manno Theos has lost his seat.
Jonathan Kerr, Jenn Meilleur, Steve Blacklock, Chris Haslett, Ken Grant and Maureen Swift have been elected in Comox.
Vickey Brown has been elected mayor in Cumberland, defeating long-time mayor and councillor Leslie Baird.
Voting down -20.6% in Courtenay, -22.3% in Comox and -50.9% in Cumberland.
Full results with Electoral Areas A, B and C, school board and Islands Trust results in the morning.
Daniel Arbour in Area A and Edwin Grieve in Area C won by wide margins. Richard Hardy defeated Arzeena Hamir by 23 votes.
Shannon Aldinger topped the polls in races for SD71 school trustees.
Click the headline on this page for complete results and voter turnout.
Long-time public official Bronco Moncrief dies, Manno Theos hangs out in Greece, and Daniel Arbour reacts to lies about his campaign finances
We dig deeper into what may have driven the darker, angry tone in this year’s municipal elections, and we shine a light on the shadowy political action groups and the Big Money players who have taken an interest in the Comox Valley
Many Courtenay, Comox and electoral area candidates with similar ideologies have usurped the democratic process this year by declining to attend organized public forums, a huge disservice to voters
A list of candidates endorsed by Decafnation
Anything a city can do to make our roads safer for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, children and the mobility impaired should be praised, not criticized. The rest is just nonsense from desperate candidates who run negative campaigns
Decafnation’s panel of education insiders unanimously recommends these candidates for the School District 71 Board of Education
Candidates for the School District 71 Board of Education answer three questions about sexual health education, the role of trustees in relation to climate change and how to address overcapacity
Decafnation announces its list of preferred candidates in this year’s local government elections and for the first time we identify candidates that we think show promise and provide our reasons for not endorsing the other candidates. Our endorsements fall on the first day of voting at advance polls
The announcement nobody was waiting for arrived over the weekend when CV Mainstream trotted out their list of endorsed candidates without any justification for these particular candidates, and we notice somebody was conspicuously missing
Only half of the candidates for the town of Comox council responded to Decafnation’s three questions on public health orders, the Regional Growth Strategy and the role of local governments in regard to climate change
The Week: A Comox Valley school trustee candidate hands out leaflets that spread misinformation about a sexual health curriculum; Strategic voting; and, Is Ken Grant for or against the town’s tree retention bylaw?
Candidates for six positions on the Courtenay City Council respond to our three questions on public health orders, the Regional Growth Strategy and the role of local governments in regard to climate change
2022 Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area A candidates answer Decafnation’s three questions on public health orders, the RGS and climate change
2022 Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area B candidates answer Decafnation’s three questions on public health orders, the RGS and climate change
2022 Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area C candidates answer Decafnation’s three questions on public health orders, the RGS and climate change
Folks, are you asking yourself, What’s the point of dragging yourself out on a perfectly nice autumn day to stomp down to some barren gymnasium and scratch an X next to the name of somebody you don’t know but who wants to represent you in local government?