A total of 25 names will grace the ballots for the Oct. 18 Whitehorse municipal election.
Nominations closed at noon today.
Five people have put their names forward for mayor.
Another 20 have volunteered their names for one of six positions of councillor.
While it’s expected those numbers won’t change, candidates do have 96 hours to withdraw from the election.
Challenging incumbent Mayor Dan Curtis are Wilf Carter, Rick Karp, Colin LaForme and Kelly Suits.
Carter and Karp have previously challenged Curtis for the role.
Karp was the first to challenge Curtis in 2012, when Curtis won his first term with 2,375 votes. In that election, Karp took 1,100 votes, placing second.
Meanwhile, Carter ran for mayor in the 2015 election, taking 835 votes in second place compared to 4,640 for Curtis, who steamrolled his way to his second term.
The list for councillor candidates include five of the current councillors hoping to return to chambers.
Councillors Jocelyn Curteanu, Dan Boyd, Samson Hartland, Betty Irwin and Roslyn Woodcock are all seeking re-election, leaving Coun. Rob Fendrick as the only member not running. He is planning to move to Carcross.
Inside council chambers late this morning, returning officer Norma Felker was on hand to accept the last of the nomination forms that came in.
She noted most had gotten their paperwork in prior to today, with just six arriving this morning.
By the last hour, all nominations had come in, with no prospective candidates opting to remain to see where their name will end up on the ballot.
The number of candidates is similar to 2015, when 22 people ran for council and three sought the mayoralty.
After the nominations closed, names were drawn from a hat to determine ballot order for the candidates.
In this vote, the ballot for mayor will see Suits listed as the first candidate, followed by Carter, Curtis, LaForme and Karp. (No information about Suits’ background or candidacy was available before press time this afternoon.)
The ballot order for councillor candidates will be:
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