Declaration of Result
At midday on Tuesday October 18th, all candidates and their scrutineers were invited to attend the determination of Official Results.
At the determination, Chief Election Officer Greg Lowis and Deputy Election Officer Janna Bradshaw canvassed the ballot accounts created during the count that followed the election.
The ballot accounts were created under the watch of candidates and scrutineers, all of whom were invited to observe every piece of paper between being removed from a sealed box, until the vote cast had been determined.
The ballot counts were counted, and a random selection of ballot counts were audited to ensure they had been properly entered into the tabulating spreadsheet. A tabulation error that had removed one column (one ballot account) had already been corrected, and the count of ballot counts determined the correct number of columns were present.
Following this determination, the following declaration was made:
I, Greg Lowis, Chief Election Officer of the City of Merritt, declare that in the election for Mayor of Merritt, the number of votes cast for each candidate were as follows:
Accordingly, I declare Michael Goetz elected Mayor of Merritt for the term of 2022 – 2026.
I declare that in the election for Council of Merritt, the number of votes cast for each candidate were as follows:
|Norma Jean Littleton||231|
Accordingly, I declare Adam Etchart, Manuel Olguin, Paul Petroczi, Dana Egan, Wendy Charney, and Claire Newman elected Councillors of Merritt for the term of 2022 – 2026.
I declare that in the election for Trustees of School Board 58 for the Electoral Area of the City of Merritt (Area 1), the number of votes cast for each candidate were as follows:
Accordingly, I declare Gordon Swan, Justin Jepsen, and John Chenoweth elected as Trustees for School Board 58 for the electoral area of the City of Merritt (Area 1) for the term of 2022 – 2026.
Declaration of Election by Voting
The Election has been formally declared as of 4pm on Tuesday September 20th, 2022 (delayed by 1 day due to the closure of offices on Monday September 19th, 2022 for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II).
Number of Candidates
- Mayor (1 vacancy): Four candidates
- Council (6 vacancies): Eighteen candidates
- School Board Trustee (3 vacancies): Four candidates
Voting Day | Time | Location
- General Election Voting Day: October 15th, 2022.
- Advance Voting: October 5th and October 12th
* This is set by the City’s Election Bylaw as taking place on the 10th and 3rd days prior to General Voting.
- Location: Civic Centre (1950 Mamette Avenue, Merritt),
- Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm on all three days specified.
The order of candidates on the ballot is determined by lottery, in accordance with section 117 of the Local Government Act (www.merritt.ca/LGA). The lottery was at 9am on Wednesday September 22nd, 2022. All candidates were invited to attend, or to send their agent. Only candidates, their agent, and City staff may attend. The lottery was streamed online.
|Littleton, Norma Jean|
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Declaration of Nominations
I, Greg Lowis, Chief Election Officer of the City of Merritt, declare that the nominations listed below have been received for the offices of Mayor and Council of the City of Merritt, and to be Trustee of School Board 58.
The nominations are public documents, and must be available for public inspection in our offices and on our website listed below during regular office hours until 30 days after the declaration of results. Due to this time period elapsing, Nomination papers have now been removed.
|Office||Ballot Name||Legal name (if different)||Date received|
|Mayor||Tony Luck||Anthony John Luck||2nd September, 2022|
|Mike Bhangu||Manmohan Singh Bhangu||6th September, 2022|
|Michael George Goetz||6th September, 2022|
|Linda Anne Brown||6th September, 2022|
|Councillor||Deanna Jean Palmgren||31st August, 2022|
|Paul Petroczi||Pa’l Petroczi||1st September, 2022|
|Melvina Lynn White||2nd September, 2022|
|Brian Westley Peterson||2nd September, 2022|
|Adam Agustin Etchart||2nd September, 2022|
|Norma Jean Littleton||6th September, 2022|
|Manuel Olguin||Manuel Olguin Resendiz||8th September, 2022|
|Jay Barley||Victor Jay Barley||8th September, 2022|
|Yvette Mae Baxter||8th September, 2022|
|Darrel Brooks||Darrel Alfred Brooks||9th September, 2022|
|MJ Phillips||Michael Johnathan Phillips||9th September, 2022|
|Susan Marie Roline||9th September, 2022|
|Wendy Margaret Charney||9th September, 2022|
|Claire Lisa Newman||9th September, 2022|
|Dana Joanne Egan||9th September, 2022|
|Derry Allan Wooden||9th September, 2022|
|Michael Behrens||Jon Michael William Behrens||9th September, 2022|
|Mary Phyllis Fleury||9th September, 2022|
|School Board Trustee||Gordon Bruce Swan||30th August, 2022|
|Robert Raymond Leech||2nd September, 2022|
|Justin Trevor Jepsen||6th September, 2022|
|John Alexander Chenoweth||8th September, 2022|
PAST EVENT: Learn what it means to serve in Public Office
“So you want to be on Council?” The City of Merritt held a public information session on Tuesday August 30th, 6pm in Council Chambers, City Hall. Members of the public were welcomed to talk to elected members and staff about the workload, requirements, nomination process, and what it’s like to run for and serve on City Council. Attendance was not required to run for office.
Learn more. Watch the recording of this event, which was streamed live online.
NOMINATION PROCESS | DEADLINE PASSED
We cannot accept nominations after 4pm on September 9th, 2022 (Local Government Act section 84(1)). That time has now passed.
|City Resources||Elections BC Resources|
|City of Merritt Nomination Pack (to be used by anyone running for Mayor or Councillor of Merritt [removed at 4pm on 2022-09-09]||Government of BC: Thinking of running for local office?|
|School District Nomination Pack (to be used by anyone running for Trustee of the School District) [removed at 4pm on 2022-09-09]||Key dates|
|Elections Bylaw||Campaign contributions|