That was the second largest turnout of the previous six civic elections in this city, and it was 511 voters short of the best one in 2005.

This year’s advance poll total means it will take a Saturday turnout of 2,727, or 514 more voters than cast ballots on election day in 2008, to top the 3,331 overall total in 2005. There’s a special voting opportunity today, for residents of the North Peace Care Centre and Heritage Manor Apartment complexes and the Saturday poll is again open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

This year Fort St. John voters will choose from three mayoralty candidates, 11 others running for the six city council seats, and four candidates seeking three seats in zone five of School District 60. They will also determine the future of the city’s water treatment in a fluoridation referendum.

In the Peace River Regional District Area “B” and “C” directors, Karen Goodings and Arthur Hadland, have won new terms by acclamation. However, there are three candidates in Electoral Area “D”, and there’s a two-way race in Electoral Area “E”.

Also in the North Peace, the incumbent mayors of Taylor and Hudson’s Hope have been returned by acclamation. However, in Taylor seven candidates are running for the four district council seats and in Hudson’s Hope and seven more are vying for six vacancies.