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Sarai confirms he will seek re-election in fall

The former Canada Post letter carrier expects post-pandemic economic growth and social issues to be forefront in the campaign
Bill Sarai
Kamloops Coun. Bill Sarai.

Coun. Bill Sarai is planning to run again in this fall’s civic election. 

Sarai, 60, is serving his first term on council, having been elected in 2018. He is a former letter carrier for Canada Post and is married to wife Toni, with three adult children: Jessica, Ashley and Nick.

Sarai called his first term “challenging,” but said he was up for the challenge.

“In my first term, I have been very proud of representing the people,” he said, noting he has been to every corner of Kamloops to hear residents’ concerns.

“I take great pride in bringing their concerns forward,” he said.

Sarai pointed to Arjun Singh and Dieter Dudy, two councillors running for the mayor’s chair to fill a vacancy left by Mayor Ken Christian — who will not seek re-election — and the need for continuity on council.

Post-pandemic

economic growth and social issues are expected to be front and centre in the campaign and during next term, Sarai said.

“I’ve seen the shelters come in, I’ve seen the negative comments and I’ve seen the negative activity around the shelters and I honestly can say I personally cannot support any more shelters until we get a handle on the ones that are operating now,” Sarai said, adding he believes BC Housing and service providers should be held accountable for activities inside and outside their shelters.

Sarai said surrounding businesses and neighbourhoods also need to be included in service provider and BC Housing reviews of shelters. 

“I think, eventually, with me getting back on council, we have to get to a place where shelters are not just for housing,” he said. “There has to be shelters for people that want to get better.”

As a councillor, Sarai has been on the Southern Interior Local Government Association executive and chairs the city’s civic operations committee.