Kamloops city councillor Sadie Hunter has returned to her municipal duties, following a leave of absence to run in the Oct. 24 provincial election.
Hunter was at city council and budget talks on Tuesday (Nov. 17).
The first-term city councillor, who was elected two years ago, had taken a leave to run as NDP candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson.
The leave began at the end of September and concluded in early November, when the mail-in vote count concluded. Hunter finished second in the five-candidate race, 196 votes behind re-elected B.C. Liberal MLA Peter Milobar.
In her absence, city council continued with one fewer councillor. Some topics that emerged and decisions that were made by council without her included a significant development in downtown Kamloops being planned by Kelson Group, Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project protests, concerns of nuisance properties on Columbia Street, securing of winter shelter space, Westsyde residents fighting to keep their pool and fitness centre open and farmers opposing a program to upgrade the Noble Creek irrigation system.
Meanwhile, Hunter will hit the ground running this week. Following budget talks and city council earlier this week, she is due to take part in Union of BC Municipalities meetings. She has been appointed to two committees: one related to resource development for communities and another related to community safety.