Prevost seeks seat on city council
The field of contenders for the next civic election continues to grow, as a well-known seniors’ advocate has joined the race for city council.
Brenda Prevost, executive director of the Centre for Seniors Information, has decided to take a run for a seat on council.
Prevost told KTW she had been thinking of running for some time, but finally made up her mind because she wants to bring change to city hall.
“It’s always good to put some new faces on council,” Prevost said.
The longtime Kamloops resident said if elected, her focus will be on creating jobs and ensuring more transparency in decision-making at city hall.
Prevost said there is a disconnect between council and the community in general.
She also weighed in on a couple of issues likely to dominate the upcoming election campaign — the Lorne Street parkade and the proposed Ajax mine south of Aberdeen.
Prevost conceded there is a need for more parking downtown, but she remains undecided if the proposed location is best.
As for the mine, Prevost said there’s little the city can do until senior levels of government finish the environmental-assessment process.
Though she called the environmental concerns “genuine,” Prevost also believes the economic spinoff from the mine would be very valuable to the city.
Prevost helped in the development and growth of CSI, which helps seniors with non-medical services, but she wants voters to know she brings more to the table than her work with seniors.
She noted she has past involvement in private business and health care.
Seven candidates — Arjun Singh, Ray Nyuli, Nelly Dever, Bryce Eberle, Andy Philpot, Donovan Cavers and Peter Sharp — have announced their intention to challenge the incumbents.
Among the incumbents seeking re-election are John De Cicco, Tina Lange, Marg Spina, Denis Walsh, Nancy Bepple and Pat Wallace.
John O’Fee left council earlier this year to take the job as CEO of the Tk’emlups Indian Band, while Jim Harker will be moving to Vancouver Island.
Mayor Peter Milobar has yet to face a challenger.
Nomination papers are available at city hall and can be returned between Oct. 4 and Oct. 14.