B.C. municipal election 2018: Nelson results

John Dooley has been elected mayor of Nelson.

Dooley won 2,290 votes, defeating challenger Debra Kozak who won 1,904 votes according to Civicinfo BC.

Incumbent Janice Morrison has won another term on council, and will be joined by newcomers Richard Logtenberg, Brittny Anderson, Jesse Woodward, Calvin Renwick and Keith Page.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Nelson.



Bernie Brown

John Dooley

Debra Kozak (incumbent)


Robert G. Adams (incumbent)

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Brittny Anderson

Laureen Barker

Robin Cherbo (incumbent)

Travis Hauck

Michelle Hillaby

Charles H. Jeanes

Robbie Kalabis

Heather Keczan

Richard Logtenberg

Janice Morrison (incumbent)

Keith Page

Leslie Payne

Anna Purcell (incumbent)

Joseph Reiner

Calvin Renwick

Rob Richichi

Brian Shields

Margaret E. Stacey

Stephanie Wiggins

Jesse Woodward


The City of Nelson is situated alongside the Kootenay River, and about 33 kilometres from Kootenay lake.

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Population (2016)



Silver is a dominant theme in Nelson‘s history.

One story has it that a prospector kicked a rock and found silver purely by chance.

Another story has it that a group of prospectors were fruitlessly trying their luck on Toad Mountain in 1886.

As they prepared to go home, they found a copper-silver deposit.

And so Nelson was born.

The town site was established in 1890 and its population had grown to 3,000 seven years later.

Two railroads supported mining and the town just kept growing.

When mining declined, forestry became Nelson’s dominant industry. Then Notre Dame College was established in 1950, and today, Nelson has Selkirk College, the Kootenay School of the Arts and more.

Draft dodgers who avoided the Vietnam War came to Nelson in the 1960s and ’70s, and many stayed there even after an amnesty in 1977.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median


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Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal/B.C.

84.99 (+5.25)/93.63 (-0.71)

RCMP — rural/B.C.

31.79 (+18.58)/93.63 (-0.71)

Violent Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal/B.C.

61.07 (-13.22)/74.86 (-9.81)

RCMP — rural/B.C.

42.73 (+170.96)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation


Wayne Stetski (NDP)


Michelle Mungall (BC NDP)