Three candidates file for Revelstoke City Council by-election

The three candidates include a former City of Revelstoke CAO, a property management company part-owner/landlord, and an alpine hut worker who previously wrote a column for a local newspaper.

Revelstoke City Hall under construction in late 2020. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Three candidates are vying for the empty Revelstoke City Council seat in the Feb. 13 by-election.

The seat was vacated a year ago when Councillor Steven Cross resigned, citing ethics concerns about the mayor and fellow councillors following a council self-pay raise controversy. The by-election has been the subject of controversy after numerous delays, including the opaque departure of senior city hall staff usually responsible for running the election, means it is coming over a year after Cross resigned.

The three candidates are Matt Cherry, Tim Palmer and Alistair Taylor.

Matt Cherry’s disclosure papers outline Revelstoke properties he has interest in through a corporation. He’s the landlord at several older residential buildings that are sometimes rented by the room with a lot of tenants. He’s sometimes active on social media bulletin boards.

Tim Palmer is a former City of Revelstoke CAO who departed in 2015 after a mayor and council change. Palmer is by far the most experienced in municipal affairs, having served progressive staff roles in municipalities around B.C. before landing the CAO job in Revelstoke. He ran unsuccessfully in 2018.

Alistair Taylor works as a hut operator for the alpine club, and does other mountain work. His Mountain Musings columns in the Revelstoke Review newspaper have mixed philosophy, local observations, and things Scottish.

General voting day is Feb. 13, with advanced voting opportunities on Feb. 3 and 10.

Check back to Revelstoke Mountaineer for by-election coverage of the candidates and their platforms.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.