Snow Lake sees three step forward for town council byelection

Three candidates have stepped forward for an open spot on Snow Lake’s town council.

Ron Scott, Chris Samborski and Bryson Yurkemik are the three candidates on the board for the June 9 vote, each hoping to gain the sixth seat with the group.

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Samborski is the owner of Cornerview Family Foods in Snow Lake and a former town councillor, holding the office from 2010-2014. Samborski has also held positions with the Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Scott, a geologist by trade, is a member of the Canadian Rangers, a patrol commander for the organization and recipient of the Order of Military Merit, which he received from the Governor General in 2019. Scott is also a captain with the Snow Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Yurkemik, the youngest of the three candidates, has roots in the Snow Lake area and is returning from post-secondary education.

The open spot on Snow Lake’s council formerly belonged to Kyle McLaughlin, who was elected to council in an April 2019 byelection. McLaughlin submitted his resignation from council to town officials, effective February 5.

The election will be held June 9, with all voting done at the Lawrie Marsh Community Hall from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Voters may be required to show at least one piece of photo ID or documents that could otherwise verify their identity. An advance poll took place May 27.

For residents who can’t make it to the polls due to medical reasons or who live at a care facility, a mobile voting station will be open at the Snow Lake Health Centre on election day. Mail-in votes are also accepted in advance, with anyone hoping to do a mail-in ballot asked to either apply in person, by fax at 204-358-2122 or in writing to senior election official Robert Hedley at Box 40, Snow Lake, MB, R0B 1M0. Applications will be accepted from May 20-June 4 in person and from May 17-June 4 through mail or fax.

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