Sadie Hunter wants to be a voice at the table.
Looking at the polls, the B.C. NDP appears poised to win the election. As the NDP candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson, Hunter feels she can effectively advocate for the area as a part of government.
“That can’t be done very effectively by somebody in opposition and I think it’s really important to have that representation,” Hunter said.
It’s the same reason for which the city councillor was recently elected to the position of director at large at the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
“My passion is for Kamloops and this region,” Hunter said.
She said she feels the NDP has done a good job over the past three years, noting polls reflect the public’s satisfaction.
“They’ve made changes to affordable housing, they’ve provided affordable day care, they’re providing opportunities that simply didn’t exist before,” Hunter said.She said it’s time for an MLA from Kamloops that is aligned with government.
Hunter said her lived experience and academic background in science and policy gives her the framework and knowledge to advocate for Kamloops’ needs.
Asked what the No. 1 non-COVID-19 related issue is for Kamloops-North Thompson, Hunter said it’s important people have access to the services they need — whether that be health care, affordable housing or mental-health services.
As a city councillor, Hunter has taken a leave of absence during the election campaign.
Hunter moved to Kamloops from Chetwynd in 2001 to attend what was then the University College of the Cariboo.
The then-single mother moved to the Tournament Capital for its affordability and obtained degrees in journalism and science in 2007 before completing a master of science in environmental science.
Since then, she has worked for not-for profits in science education and at Thompson Rivers University as a fundraiser for the faculty of science and nursing.
Hunter was elected to city council in 2018 and has operated her own communications business for the past two years.
On council, Hunter sits on the development and sustainability committee and the community relations committee and has been a liaison with the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.