Candidates for the 2022 Municipal Election

Find out who is running for the offices of mayor and councillor in the upcoming 2022 Golden General Election.

Candidates are listed below in alphabetical order based on last name. All candidates were provided with an opportunity to fill out the Town's Candidate Profile form. 

The candidate deadline for withdrawal is 4 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

Candidates for Mayor

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Ron Oszust

Candidate Name: 

Ron Oszust

Contact Information:

Email     

Phone: 250-344-5933

Candidate Statement: I am asking for your support so that I may have the opportunity of serving our community for another 4 years as Mayor.

As a member of Council, through Policy Direction, I commit to ensuring that our community is strong - now and into the future.

For those of you who don't know me, my wife Carmen and I have been residents of Golden since 1989. We've raised our family here and are thrilled to say that all of our children live in Golden and we are blessed with 2 Grand-daughters.

Carmen and I owned and operated 4 businesses in Golden over the years. I truly enjoy community service and have been on the local Fire Department, Search and Rescue and a member of BC Ambulance service for the past 31 years. I've been involved with service clubs since we moved to Golden and presently continue as a member of the Golden Rotary Club.

As an elected official I've served as a School Board Trustee, an Electoral Area Director, a Councillor and Mayor. Over the past 8 years as Mayor, our Council has been fortunate to build on the foundation set in place by the two previous Councils. A foundation of Fiscal Responsibility, Asset Management, Informed decision-making and valuing the amazing staff that work for the Town of Golden.

Please vote October 15th-you are being asked to elect your representatives but also set direction for our community on the borrowing of up to $18 Million for an indoor aquatic center.

Thank you for being engaged, informed and involved in our community.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Jeremiah

Candidate Name: 

Jeremiah Woods 

Contact Information:

Email

Facebook

Phone: 250-344-8136

Candidate Statement: I was nominated to run for Mayor of Golden.

Golden residents at times can be very divided and diverse, yet can put differences aside and find unity..

I believe a unified Golden makes for a stronger Golden..

If there is one value we Goldenites hold true and dear in our hearts is the right of “Freedom to Choose “…. This year I will be running for the position of Mayor, with the goal of streamlining the decisions of town council and having the administration follow through with the decisions that need to be made and have yet to be made,,by the new town council…

I dream of Golden BC being the shining star of Super Natural British Columbia. Inspiring our residents to dream bigger and better. Encouraging economic growth, personal growth and having the vision to unify residents on decisions that are best for our children and future generations of Goldenites.

Candidates for Council

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Kristi Cooper

Candidate Name: 

Kristi Cooper

Contact Information:

Email     

Phone: 250-272-6258

Candidate Statement: With Support of family and friends, Kristina (Kristi) Cooper is running to be elected as a councillor for The Town of Golden. My journey in Golden started the same as many others as a temporary stopping place in my life. I was drawn to the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle but what kept me in Golden was the community. Now, 20 years later, I am honoured to have gotten married and had 3 beautiful daughters in this wonderful community. Throughout the years I have had so many opportunities to support Golden. I worked with the Early Years Committee in growing the After School Care program, formally -Little Chimps Preschool, StrongStart, Summer Fun Day Camp, as well as working to support the Gushers Spray Park. I was employed by SD6 as the Youth Care Worker, and currently I work for the Province of BC, servicing citizens at Service BC. My Golden is a diverse Golden. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive in this community. I want my children, and yours, to have the opportunity to move away but come back to a town that they recognize, connect with and support. Vote Cooper for a Golden we can all be proud of.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Rick Dale

Candidate Name: 

Richard Dale

Contact Information:

Email

Phone: 250-344-8105

Candidate Statement: Richard Dale feels fortunate to be able to say he was born and raised in Golden. He left the valley to attend school in Ontario, but returned in the summer of 1991. Richard has had a long career at Save-On-Foods in Golden spanning almost 30 years with 20 in managment roles. During that time he has gotten to know alot of our towns great people and invites anyone to come say hi to him in the produce department. Richard has spent 6 years on the board of the Columbia Valley Credit Union where he had the opportunity to gather courses and skills that would help him on other boards or councils. Richard is also serving on the board of the Golden Golf Course.



Richard lives with his wife Francine and their daughter Farryn in Golden. He looks forward to his first term in local government and encourages anyone reading this to reach out as he would love to hear from you.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Chris Glueckler

Candidate Name: 

Chris Glueckler

Email

Phone: 250-290-0062

Candidate Statement: It would be an honour to serve and to communicate with the citizens of Golden, its business members, and our town officials.

I would embrace an opportunity to learn more about, to help facilitate, and share with everyone our towns management and planning strategies.

I am proud to call Golden home and grateful for the past 20 years here. I now have more time to give. Becoming a member of council would be a dedicated way to pay it forward.

"The Advice of many will add tremendous value to planning."

Think things through, consider everyone -and seek good council!

Thank you Golden,

Chris Glueckler

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Joy Guyot

Candidate Name: 

Joy Guyot

Contact Information:

Email 

Facebook

Phone: 250-344-0557

Candidate Statement: The fabric and distinction of the community are the people that reside within. Our community has a diverse economy from resource based, industrial, transportation and tourism. Once a two-season tourist destination our tourism is expanding now year-round, this is placing an emphasis on making sure we have the infrastructure in place and asset management. Our small tax base is facing increased cost and as a community we need to make sure that municipal government is managing those funds and assets with the fiscal expectations of the tax contributor. The focus should be on the lives and comfort of the residents of our town. Please visit my social media page for a full disclosure on my platform.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Chris Hambruch

Candidate Name: 

Chris Hambruch

Contact Information:

Email 

Facebook 

Twitter

Phone: 250-939-9026

Candidate Statement: I have called Golden home since 1980. Terri and I have been married for 30 years. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, all girls. I was elected to Golden council in 1996 and have served since then. I look forward to 4 more years to provide policy to guide the community into the future as we continue to grow

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate John Manuel

Candidate Name: 

John Manuel

Contact Information:

Email     

Phone: 250-344-2299

Candidate Statement: As a councillor I have done my best to interact with fellow councillors, town staff, and the people of Golden civilly and with respect. This is important to me. I have also tried to make decisions on what is best for our community now and in the future. Our decisions can and do have substantial impacts far into the future and we always need to be aware of that. If re-elected I will continue to do this. We have major challenges to meet going forward; major challenges such as Climate Change, an aging infrastructure which is increasingly expensive to repair and replace and increasing costs for basics that are making getting by increasingly difficult. These challenges are not unique to Golden but we must do what we can to meet them to keep Golden a good place to live.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Wes Routley

Candidate Name: 

Wes Routley

Contact Information:

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Instagram  

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Phone: 613-484-9875

Candidate Statement: Growing up in Golden, Wes Routley has found no greater fulfillment than being in the service of others. His volunteer work began at six years old, raising funds to feed birds during the winter, and continued throughout the years. As a councillor, Wes hopes to bring a considerate and fastidious perspective to tackle the issues we face as a community. Wes is particularly interested in climate resiliency, affordability, and sustainable development. We work best when we work together, and Wes is excited to work alongside councillors and residents to ensure this next chapter in Golden's story is bright.

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Portrait of 2022 Candidate Bryan Stevens

Candidate Name: 

Bryan Stevens

Contact Information:

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