Couchiching has a full slate of candidates running for chief and council after nominations closed Thursday night.
Chief Chuck McPherson is seeking re-election, with eight others vying for the post, including current Coun. David Bruyere and former chief Rudy Morrisseau.
Rounding out the slate of nominees for chief are Christopher Bruyere, Harry Morrisseau Jr., Aldin Robert Fredrick Foy, Ricky Baker, Jerry Michael Woods Jr., and Wallace Bruyere.
Meanwhile, 28 people are running for the six council seats, including current councillors Donald Bruyere, Ed Yerxa, and Dan Mainville. Former chief Rudy Morrisseau also was among those nominated for council.
The election will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, with polls open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“There was a lot of interest in the election but usually there are more candidates,” said Deputy Electoral Officer Gwen Beadle. “There were 30 or 40 people at the office last night to nominate candidates.”
Candidates have five days to withdraw in order to get their names off the ballots. They also can withdraw up to the day of the election although their names will stand.
The nominations already stirred up controversy. “Vote Tom Veert for Chief” was spray-painted on two sides of the band office Wednesday night.
Veert, whose company has been building the controversial 18-hole golf course at Couchiching, said he had no idea about the vandalism.