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May 29 suggested for Richmond by-election

A by-election to replace MLA Kelly Greene could cost up to $716,000.

May 29 is the date Richmond city staff is suggesting for a by-election to fill a vacant council seat.

At its March 15 meeting, Richmond city council will deliberate on the date of the election and decide on the chief electoral officer, suggested by the city to be city clerk Claudia Jesson.

The by-election is to replace Kelly Greene, who resigned from council after being elected to the provincial legislature.

The by-election is expected to cost up to $716,000, and will include a mail-in ballot option.

If council lands on the date May 29, the nomination period, when candidates can sign up to run, will run from April 13 to 23.

The campaign period will begin May 1.

Advance polls will be held May 15, 19, 20 and 22 leading up to general voting day, Saturday, May 29.