KAMLOOPS VOTES: And they’re off — nomination papers are filed
The race is on to elect the next Kamloops city council, as a handful of potential candidates have filed their nomination papers.
As of Oct. 5, five candidates have officially filed, including councillors Nancy Bepple and John De Cicco and challengers Ken Christian, Nelly Dever and Dennis Paget.
The period for candidates to file their papers at city hall began on Oct. 4, giving candidates until Oct. 14 to return their nomination forms and officially join the race.
The list is expected to grow, as 10 candidates have already said they intend to run in the Nov. 19 election.
Arjun Singh, Ray Nyuli, Bryce Eberle, Andy Philpot, Donovan Cavers, Peter Sharp, Brenda Prevost along with Christian, Paget and Dever have announced their intention to challenge the incumbents.
Among the incumbents joining Bepple and De Cicco seeking re-election are Tina Lange, Marg Spina and Pat Wallace.
Last year, a flurry of candidates filed in the last few days of the nomination period.
A total of 26 candidates ran in the 2008 civic election, including sitting councillors.
Mayor Peter Milobar has yet to file his papers, but said he intends to do so before the deadline.
Regardless whether he is acclaimed as mayor, Milobar plans to unveil his election platform by mid-October.
“I think the voters need to see something in a reasonable timeframe,” Milobar said.
Links to the list of official candidates, their contact information and polling stations can be found on the home page of the city’s website at kamloops.ca.
• A mayoral hopeful, Travis Nolt, had filed papers on Tuesday, but reconsidered and withdrew his nomination package from city hall late Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon.