A former city councillor will be seeking a seat on council in the October civic election.
Standing in Kamloops Spirit Square on Tuesday (April 12) morning, Nancy Bepple announced her candidacy for a councillor seat. Bepple gave credit to the current mayor and council, acknowledging it has been a challenging time with many issues, adding now is the time for fresh ideas.
Bepple announced four priorities of her campaign: housing, investing in livability, strengthening community and climate resilience. The municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 15.
“I’m committed to Kamloops because I know it matters,” Bepple said. “Between now and October, I will continue to do what I’ve always done, which is to support others in the community, to help make Kamloops a better place to live.”
Bepple was first elected to city council in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.She stepped down during her 2011 term due to health concerns. Bepple ran unsuccessfully as the NDP’s Kamloops-South Thompson candidate in the 2017 provincial election, at which time she was bested by BC Liberal MLA Todd Stone, who is the current Kamloops-South Thompson MLA.
Bepple has worked at Thompson Rivers University and writes an occasional column for the Armchair Mayor News, an online blog published by TNRD Area P director and former Kamloops Daily News editor Mel Rothenburger.
Bepple is the first non-incumbent to announce a candidacy.
So far, four people (Ray Dhaliwal, Dieter Dudy, Reid Hamer-Jackson and Arjun Singh) have announced plan to run for mayor after Mayor Ken Christian decided to not seek re-election.