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Heiberg acclaimed as mayor

The current mayor of Hudson's Hope retains role with withdrawal of challenger Reg Knox
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Dave Heiberg has been acclaimed as the community's mayor after the withdrawal of Reg Knox due to personal health concerns.

Dave Heiberg will continue in his role as mayor of Hudson's Hope for the next four years, with the decision by challenger Reg Knox to step down for personal health reasons.

Because Knox had let his name stand after Friday's deadline for candidates to withdraw, he required permission from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, based on the extenuating circumstances.  

He received that approval, however, no further details were given.

Chief elections officer Jeannette MacDougall confirmed Thursday afternoon, that with only one name on the ballot for mayor, the district's current mayor would be acclaimed.

Heiberg was unavailable for comment ahead of a community information meeting Thursday night for residents to discuss the Battleship Mountain wildfire and recent evacuation of the community.

Councillor nominee Nicole Gilliss has also withdrawn.

In this case, however, Gilliss had reportedly let the district know by the Friday deadline in the midst of the evacuation.

Gilliss was acclaimed for her school trustee seat in Area 3 of School District 60.

The number of candidates now running for councillor in Hudson's Hope is 11.

Voters in the district will have two opportunities to cast their ballots for councillor on Oct. 5 and 12.