With time running out in the nomination period for the upcoming municipal election, 16 people had submitted documents to Abbotsford city hall to run for a seat on council as of noon Thursday.
With nominations closing on Friday, that makes it likely the race for a council seat will be markedly less crowded than four years ago, when 30 people put their name forward for the position.
By contrast, six people have submitted papers to run for mayor – last year, just two people ran for the job.
Of the 16 would-be councillors, seven are incumbents. Of the nine remaining, most have publicly declared their candidacy, but three – Vince Dimanno, Harvey Jongsma and Lawrence G. Tillery – had not notified this newspaper.
Of the six people running for the mayoralty, only Nadine Snow hadn’t come forward publicly.
Candidates have until the end of the day Friday to get their nomination papers in. The public heads to the polls Oct. 20.