Rossland will have a race for mayor next month, but not between the two people originally expected.
In a surprise move, mayor Greg Granstrom filed papers Friday for councillor, while Jill Spearn will run for mayor against fellow councillor Kathy Moore.
It ensures Rossland will elect a woman to the position for only the second time. The first was Jackie Drysdale, who served from 1985 to 1987.
There are also seven other candidates for council: Aaron Cosbey, John Greene, Marten Kruysse, Lloyd McLellan, Andy Morel, Tim Thatcher, and Andrew Zwicker. Only Thatcher, a firefighter, is an incumbent.
Cosbey is an environmental economist, Greene is a local business owner, Kruysse is a former economic development officer, McLellan is a former councillor, Morel is a past federal and provincial Green Party candidate, and Zwicker is an entrepreneur.