Flin Flonners will soon be going back to the polls for a city council byelection - but for two seats, not one.
City election officials announced March 5 that a byelection would be formally called for a pair of seats on Flin Flon's city council, with one councillor choosing to step down from their seat.
One seat is currently vacant on the council - that seat was formerly occupied by Colleen McKee, who died last fall after a bout with cancer. The second seat up for grabs is that of the council's newest recruit - Barry Kreller, who was elected to council in October, has announced he has stepped down from council to attend to what he described as "personal family reasons" near his former home province of British Columbia.
Kreller's resignation from council went into effect March 3.
Kreller, who received more than half of the total votes cast in the October byelection, told The Reminder in a statement that he remains thankful for the support of the community and of his fellow councillors during his campaign, win and short stint with council.
"I unabashedly have had great dreams of Flin Flon and this council. I thank you all for being so open and welcoming. I do however extend my apologies for any inconvenience I may have caused over leaving council," he said in a statement.
"I will not apologize for running and winning the byelection past. I very seriously had the time of my life. I have truly loved the time I have been on council."
A firm date for the election has not been set yet, but the byelection is slated to take place at some point in May.
The two seats will be open for the time period from May 2021-Oct. 2022, when the next set of Manitoba local elections is set to take place. A nomination period for the two seats will run until April 6 at 4 p.m. All nominations must be made in person, must be signed by at least 25 voters and must include a declaration of qualification. The nominations must be submitted to City Hall before the final deadline.
The City's voters list will be updated at City Hall March 19 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m., with any changes slated to be completed by April 6.