Candidate drops out of Rossland council race, again

Andrew Zwicker has taken a job and says he can’t serve as a city councillor

Andrew Zwicker won’t run again, again. City of Rossland photo

A candidate for Rossland city council has his name on the ballot, but he doesn’t want you to vote for him.

Andrew Zwicker has announced he is dropping out of the municipal election race.

“This past week I and our family received some great personal news, which unfortunately also translates into not so great news for my city council career,” he says in an open letter to the community.

“Three days after the deadline to withdraw from the race I was offered an excellent job opportunity that will see me out of town four to five days a week. I have made my career largely in the ski industry as that is one of my true passions.”

The job is as marketing manager at the Okanagan’s Baldy Mountain Resort, he said. “[A]nd for the good of our family, and to continue following my own career goals, now was the right time to take the job.”

(You can see his letter on Page 4.)

Zwicker says it puts him in an odd position as a candidate.

“While I am withdrawing from the race, unfortunately the official date to withdraw has already passed. What that means is that while I am not in the running, I technically am in the running as my name will be on the ballot,” he says. “[S]o here is the weirdest pitch of the election this year: Please do not vote for me.”

It’s been an off-again, on-again campaign for Zwicker. He first announced he wasn’t going to run this year, then at the last moment submitted his nomination papers. Now it seems, he’s off for good.

The withdrawal after the closing date for changing the ballot puts a cloud over the final makeup of city council. Should Zwicker end up in the top six when the votes are counted anyway, it will put the council into unknown territory.

“We will have to see what that looks like,” says Rossland CAO Bryan Teasdale. He says staff are looking into the issue with Municipal Affairs to explore their options.

On Tuesday, an all-candidates’ meeting will be held at the Miner’s Hall for the 12 remaining candidates running for the six council positions.

PREVIOUS: Council rollover inspires crop of hopeful politicians

Voters across the province go to the polls on Oct. 20 to elect city councils, school boards and regional government directors.

Just Posted

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read