Kamloops Coun. Dale Bass has officially announced she will seek re-election in the Oct. 15 civic election.
In a release, Bass said council has faced challenges, but noted accomplishments during the past four years.
Bass cited her track record, including the creation of a childcare advisory board, increased public input on safety and security issues through a sub-committee, formal liaison with Kamloops and District Labour Council, a single-use plastics bylaw, creation of day lodges for the homeless, proactive measures to establish shelters during extreme weather, advocacy for a sobering centre, Advocating to the ministry of the attorney-general to address the judicial issues that have resulted in the catch-and-release of frequent offenders; advocating on behalf of health-care workers and standing up for responsibility and accountability in the use of public money.
Bass is now retired, having spent decades in journalism, at both Kamloops This Week and the London Free Press. She was first elected to council in 2018 and said her campaign will focus on fiscal and environmental responsibility, housing, health, safety and inclusion.
“They are all interconnected,” she said. “We need to find ways to reduce our street-entrenched population with dignity and address safety concerns. The best way is to grow our housing stock not only to provide homes for those who live with greater challenges than most of us, but also all our citizens who are struggling to pay for housing.”