Jordan Proctor, a 41-year-old mountain biker, tradesman and self-described sci-fi nerd, is running for city council after moving to the city from the Lower Mainland eight years ago.
Affordability and lifestyle brought him to Kamloops and Proctor said the city has been good to him. He cited his ability to run errands without getting stuck in traffic and appreciates the city as a premier mountain biking destination — and he wants to give back.
It is his first time running for public office.
Proctor is a foreman for a commercial roofing company. He previously worked as an assistant brewer and was trained as a paramedic.
As president of a bike club in Surrey, Proctor advocated for a bike park.
“That was quite a process. It took about five years of lobbying,” he said, noting a culture was built around the facility. “We were very successful in doing that and fostering that sort of culture of collective ownership and maintenance — and the park is still flourishing in my absence.”
Proctor is involved with the cycling community in Kamloops, including the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre and Kamloops Bike Riders Association.
He has been commuting via cycling infrastructure in recent months and said he noticed the city needs to improve connectivity, particularly around Thompson Rivers University and at Riverside Park.
“The big thing is connecting these pieces,” he said. “It’s like having viable routes that actually connect in a meaningful way. The other thing, too, the fixation is always on separated bike paths, which is awesome. They definitely have a place. But there’s some alternative concepts that could be applied and would ultimately benefit downtown.”
Proctor suggested a downtown Nicola Street bike route could be improved by reorienting stop signs and adding planter boxes to prevent it from becoming a vehicular commuter route.
“You would create a space that is dedicated to people and cyclists ahead of cars,” he said, noting it has been done in Europe and could be tried for a season for a limited cost.
In addition to active transportation infrastructure, Proctor cited property crime, homelessness, the opioid crisis and housing affordability as issues in the upcoming election.
Asked why someone should vote for him, Proctor said: “I think one thing that I provide that’s kind of unique is I am, I think, the only candidate, the sort of blue-collar working class that’s still just an actively working individual, so I sort of bring a unique perspective in that regard, just a different outlook that comes from me, Joe-Blow Worker Bee. I’m quite dedicated to the city. It’s done very well for me and I feel that my ideas would have a very positive impact on the city in helping us move forward into the future in a meaningful way.”
For more, go online to jordanproctorforcouncil.com.