28 on ballot in Tk’emlups election

Members of the Tk’emlups Indian band will go to the polls next month to elect a new council — and a new chief is guaranteed with the decision of Shane Gottfriedson to not seek re-election.

Gottfriedson was elected in June as B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and said when he announced his AFN candidacy he would not be seeking a fifth term.

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Seeking to succeed Gottfriedson as chief of the TIB are:

• George Evan Casimir

• Frank Paul

• Fred (Sups) Seymour

• James (Jimmy) Thomas.

There are 24 people vying for the seven council seats up for grabs:

• Marie Baptiste

• Thomas William Blank

• Evelyn Camille

• Howard Campbell

• Eagle Casimir

• James G.T. Casimir

• Rosanne Joan Casimir

• Carrie Dawn Dan

• Charles Dumont

• Barbara Stewart

• Chad Gottfriedson

• Garry Gottfriedson

• Ted (Junior) Gottfriedson

• Katy Gottfriedson

• Edward Gerald Jensen

• Janet (Jeanette) Jules

• Richard Jules

• Robert Lewis Jules

• Sonny Joseph Leonard

• Vance (Vinnie) Paul

• Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour

• Nacoma George

• Myron Thomas

• Viola (Ola) Ann Thomas

The election will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Moccasin Square Gardens, 357-345 Chief Alex Thomas Way.

An advance poll will be held at the same place during the same hours on Saturday, Nov. 7 — the same day City of Kamloops voters go to the polls on the referendum question asking if they wish to grant approval for the city to borrow up to $49 million toward a proposed $91-million performing-arts centre in the downtown core.

According to government data as of March 2011, the Tk’emlups Indian band has a population of 1,058; 537 of whom live on the reserve and 521 of whom live off the reserve.

The TIB covers an area of 13,355 hectares (33,000 acres).

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