Lois Laing joins mayor's race in NB; Kelli Hawtin, Warren Williams running for council

There have been more nominations filed in the race for mayor and council in North Battleford on Wednesday afternoon.

In the mayor's race, Lois Laing is the third candidate to officially file nomination papers to run. Laing is running against incumbent Mayor Ryan Bater and David Gillan, who have both filed papers. 

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In her candidate profile posted at the city's website, Laing states she has lived in the Battlefords for nearly 40 years and has spent time working as an Educational Assistant in the school system, and has been part of the business community as a local landlord. Laing is described as having "spent her life investing in the Battlefords and working to make the Battlefords a brighter place where there is opportunity for everyone to shine."

Two more names have also joined the council race:

Incumbent Kelli Hawtin has officially filed Wednesday to run for a third term on council, having first been elected in a byelection in 2014.

In her statement posted at the city's election page, Hawtin said: "We have some challenging systemic issues which can only be addressed through regional cooperation, solutions, and advocacy. I have proved to be an inquisitive representative, and will continue to ask questions that are essential in good decision making. I will continue to respond to residents on matters of concern and will support reasonable property taxes to allow a balance of addressing affordability today, and the needs of the future."

Also filing Wednesday is Warren Williams, a senior account manager with Bralin Technology Solutions Inc. who has previously been President of both the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce as well as the Rotary Club of the Battlefords.

In his profile posted at the city's election page, Williams has pledged to "advocate for the citizens of North Battleford and address their concerns," to "assist in making North Battleford a more business-friendly city", and to "find productive solutions for serious social issues." 

They join incumbent Kent Lindgren and Matthew Parker as candidates in the race for the six council seats that are available.

Nominations remain open until Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. that day. Election day is Nov. 9.    


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