There will be 21 people vying for eight councillor seats in Kamloops in the Oct. 20 civic election and it appears a high-profile candidate decided against entering the race.
Only two people are running for the mayor’s chair, while the board of education race — in which five Kamloops seats are on the line — has attracted 10 candidates, including familiar names from city council in past and present
Nominations closed at 4 p.m. on Friday, with six incumbents and 15 newcomers taking aim at the eight council seats up for grabs.
The crowded councillor ballot includes incumbents Donovan Cavers, Ray Dhaliwal, Dieter Dudy, Kathy Sinclair, Arjun Singh and Denis Walsh. Also running are Jennifer Adams, Nicholas Adams, Dale Bass, Chris Bose, Corally Delwo, Dennis Giesbrecht, Shawn Harnett, Sadie Hunter, Jim Johal, Stephen Karpuk, Caroline King, Alison Klie, Mike O’Reilly, Bill Sarai and Gerald Watson.
The name of former MLA Kevin Krueger, who ran in the 2017 Kamloops byelection and said he was seeking a seat in this year’s election, was not on the final list of candidates as of the 4 p.m. deadline.
Krueger said he tripped on stairs in his yard on Friday morning, landing on his forehead and suffering a concussion. He said he spent most of the day in the emergency room at Royal Inland Hospital, missing the deadline to file. Krueger is recovering at home.
In the mayor’s race, incumbent Ken Christian is running against William Turnbull.
In the board of education battle, former school trustee and city councillor John O’Fee is among the candidates, along with incumbents Kathleen Karpuk, Joe Small and Meghan Wade. Also seeking seats are Donovan Cavers, Bowen Cooluris, Heather Grieve, Adam Jensen, Beat Klossner and Kerri Schill.
Cavers is running for both a seat on council and a seat on the board of education. It is legal to hold both offices at one time. Earlier this month, Cavers told KTW he was considering running for both offices, but decided against the idea as he felt doing so would confuse voters and take too much time out of an already busy schedule, which also includes catering work.
He changed his mind, apparently at the 11th hour.
In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, two of the three areas bordering Kamloops will have a contest.
In electoral area J (Copper Desert Country), which includes Cherry Creek and Savona, incumbent director Ronaye Elliott is being challenged by Corine LeBourdaus. In electoral area L (Grasslands), which includes the area south of Kamloops, from Knutsford east to Pritchard, incumbent director Ken Gillis is running against Mollie Routledge and John Turner. Mel Rothenburger, director of electoral area P (Rivers and the Peaks), which includes Black Pines, Sun Peaks, Paul Lake and Pinantan Lake, is unopposed.
Candidates have one week — until 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, to withdraw from the race.
Campaign spending limits begin on Sept. 22.