Victoria byelection candidates pick up endorsements from sitting councillors

A number of current and former Victoria councillors are endorsing candidates in this Saturday’s civic byelection.

Coun. Geoff Young was the latest to step forward, announcing Tuesday that he is backing Stephen Andrew.

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Andrew, a former TV journalist, also has the support of two candidates who have dropped out of the race.

Councillors Sarah Potts and Sharmarke Dubow, meanwhile, have endorsed Stefanie Hardman. All three are members of the Together Victoria elector organization that helped to elect Potts, Dubow and Laurel Collins in 2018.

Collins resigned after winning the Victoria riding for the NDP in last year’s federal election, triggering the byelection to fill her council seat. She, too, has endorsed Hardman.

Wednesday is the last day of advance voting, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crystal Garden.

General voting will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at six locations:

• James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego St.

• Oaklands Elementary School, 2827 Belmont Ave.

• Sir James Douglas Elementary School, 401 Moss St.

• Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St.

• Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas St.

• SJ Willis Education Centre, 923 Topaz Ave.

An accessible voting machine will be available at Crystal Garden.

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