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Lake Cowichan won't need a vote to determine new council

Council chambers in the Town of Lake Cowichan will look the same for the next three years.

This is what the town’s taxpayers said, as the 4 p.m. Oct. 14 deadline for additional nominations passed without any additional candidates coming forth.

Mayor Ross Forrest and councillors Bob Day, Jayne Ingram, Franklin Hornbrook, and Tim McGonigle will remain at council chambers.

Although they’re in by acclamation, Forrest said that he has mixed feelings about it.

“I’m pleased with the council we have,” he said.

“I hope, though, that it’s not a result of a lack of interest on the part of the town.”

“We do have a lot going on right now, and by not having to go through an election is going to keep us focused on what we’re working on doing.”

Forrest said that he hopes people still show up, both for the school board elections and to vote on the fluoridation referendum question; “Do you want the town to continue with the fluoridation of the drinking water supply?”

With the last municipal election resulting in the highest voter turnout in the province, he hopes another such turnout happens this time around.

“That’s something to be proud of, so I hope people still turn out,” he said, of the town’s previously high voter turnout.

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