Municipal candidate list growing in Oak Bay

Risk of not enough nominees for November election appears to have been averted

He finished last in Oak Bay’s 2008 municipal election, but Corey Burger has still been a fixture at council meetings.

Over the past three years on Monday evenings, Burger, 29, has often been seated in the front row reading over the council agenda and watching the goings-on.

“One thing I (learned about) was procedure – what things went when and how things are brought to council. I was also just seeing how (the) existing council makes decisions about things,” he said.

The Oak Bay resident, who received 1,157 votes last time around, announced last week  that he will run again for a councillor position.

Burger is an events manager by day and studies urban geography at the University of Victoria.

Three incumbent councillors – Tara Ney, Pam Copley and John Herbert – will run again. As well, businessman Kevin Murdoch has announced he will stand for council.

As of Wednesday morning, at least 10 nomination packages had been picked up, said Oak Bay’s chief electoral officer, Loranne Hilton.

Three openings must be filled on council, with councillors Nils Jensen and Hazel Braithwaite running to replace outgoing Mayor Christopher Causton. Coun. Allan Cassidy passed away in July.

Michelle Kirby, who ran for council in 2008, told the News she will make her decision whether to run by Oct. 4, the first day papers can be filed. Nominations close Oct. 14.