EDITORIAL: Get informed about civic election

For those interested in running for a seat in next month’s civic election, Friday is the deadline to file papers.

As of noon on Friday, there were two names on the mayoral ballot, 19 names on the councillor list and seven names attached to the board of education roster.

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By the time Friday’s deadline of 4 p.m. arrives, we expect more names on the above lists, along with a few vying for the various spots on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board.

After all, last year’s byelection, to fill two empty slots on council and the mayor’s chair, attracted 27 people.

Sorting through the names and platforms is a daunting task for even the most hardcore political animal, but there is plenty of time to do so, with the civic election still five weeks away, on Oct. 20.

Once the candidates’ list is finalized, there will be no more speculation, no more commitments rescinded, no more speculation as to whether he/she will run and, if so, whether he/she will seek a council seat or battle for the mayor’s office.

Among the three levels of government, civic elections always lead to the lowest turnout, somewhere in the 30 per cent range. Anything over 35 per cent is considered elbow-room-only at the polling stations, which is strange, considering our day-to-day lives and wallets are impacted most by municipal government.

That turnout percentage is pathetic, yet there seems to be no magic solution to convince seven of 10 Kamloopsians to take a few minutes on a fall Saturday and cast ballots.

The civic election coverage among all Kamloops media has been, and will continue to be, deep and wide, so there is no excuse for any voter to not know the election is being held.

Inform yourself. KTW has a Civic Election section with everything you need to know. There are myriad other sources, online and elsewhere, where you can learn more.

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