Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour is running for re-election in the First Nation’s council elections on Dec. 3. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour is running for re-election in the First Nation’s council elections on Dec. 3. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes’ council election set for Dec. 3

Nine candidates are running for chief, including current chief William Seymour

Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour is running again for chief in the First Nation’s 2021 elections for band council, set for Dec. 3.

Debra Toporowski, a current council member and a municipal councillor in North Cowichan, is also among the nine candidates running for the position of chief in the election.

If Seymour wins, it would be his fourth consecutive mandate to be chief for another two years, and he will have served eight years as chief in 2023.

The other contenders for chief are Acting Chief Cindy Daniels, Stephanie Atleo, Howard George, Stuart Pagaduan, Christopher Daniel Alphonse, Lydia Hwitsum and Hwiemtun Roland.

There are 51 candidates for the 12 council seats, and all 12 current councillors are running for re-election.

Voters will have a chance to hear from all of the candidates for chief during a virtual all-candidates forum on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_71st6EU1TUOU-zcrDH2dbQ.

The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Si’em Lelum Gym.

Cowichan Tribes members also have the option to mail in their votes.

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