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Mayoral candidate Singh wants to connect with voters

Arjun Singh said he is running to be the city’s next mayor because he feels a responsibility to give back to the community after his parents immigrated to Kamloops from India in the 1960s
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Arjun Singh is a mayoral candidate in the Oct. 15 civic election.

KTW is profiling the mayoral candidates in the Oct. 15 civic election between now and Oct. 5. Profiled here is Arjun Singh, whose contact information can be found at the end of this article.

Should the city’s longest-serving councillor become mayor, Arjun Singh would hold monthly open-door hours, lean on “pick-up-the-phone” relationships and show unwavering optimism and love for Kamloops.

Singh, a 52-year-old property manager and incumbent councillor, believes in a strength-based approach called appreciative inquiry.

“If you come at things through a positive lens on anything, even the problems you have, you’re going to be more empowered,” Singh said. “If you say, ‘The world’s going to hell in a handbasket. What can we do about it?’ You just go further and further and further down the toilet. I completely believe that.”

Singh said he is running to be the city’s next mayor because he feels a responsibility to give back to the community after his parents immigrated to Kamloops from India in the 1960s.

He said he also enjoys the work because of diverse people and issues and cited his experience, relationships, ideas and ability to bring people together.

Singh was first elected to council in 2005. His campaign portraits (which he turned into baseball cards) reveal significant time passed since his first term in his mid-30s.

He lost re-election in 2008 but said it taught him to work hard, including announcing and holding community conversations early in this 2022 campaign.

Singh said people love the city’s caring mentality and outdoors, want a mayor who is approachable and acts decisively and have community safety in mind as the No. 1 issue. He proposes increased outreach, potentially repurposing police resources and thinks council should “lean in” despite others on council pointing to other levels of government.

Singh said he is proud of climate action work he championed on council, including a tax increase to implement the Community Climate Action Plan.

“That was a 7-2 vote on that, which, to me, was like — I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I went home and had a Blizzard that night.”

Singh has been on the Union of BC Municipalities, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Thompson Nicola Regional District boards and said he has a “pick-up-the-phone” relationship with cabinet ministers, who he said know him as someone who wants to partner in a “productive and positive way.”

In addition, Singh touted his local network and said he balances natural blindspots by walking with outreach workers or speaking with experts.

Singh credited Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian for being “solid” during the COVID-19 pandemic and Sun Peaks Al Raine for backing a health centre in the resort municipality.

“I value people who are committed, who are connectors, who are bold in what they do,” Singh said. “I’ll tell you what I don’t like — I don’t like people who tear things down. I don’t like people who divide people unnecessarily … You have to bring folks together.”

ARJUN SINGH

Age: 52

Occupation: Property manager

Contact information:

• Phone, 250-377-1797;

• Email, arjun@arjunformayor.ca;

• Website, arjunformayor.com;

• Facebook, arjunformayor;

• Twtter, @arjunformayor;

• Instagram, @arjunsingh