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Nancy Bepple back in race for seat on City council

NEWS/ CIVIC ELECTION 2014 — Former City councillor Nancy Bepple, who resigned earlier this year for health reasons, is back in the race.

Bepple announced Wednesday she’ll run for a Kamloops council seat in the Nov. 15 civic election.

Nancy Bepple.

Nancy Bepple.

Standing on the front steps of City Hall, Bepple listed as her concerns housing, vibrant public spaces, a cost-effective community plan, jobs and upgrading storm water drainage.

“Working at the national level, I know the City of Kamloops is doing a lot of things right. But things can always be improved,” said Bepple, who served on committees of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities during her two previous terms on council.

“Working with national groups, the City also benefits by learning best practices from other cities so it can be even better.”

She said that while on the FCM she pushed for funding for Kamloops infrastructure projects and helped shape national policies such as railway safety regulations in the wake of the Lac Magantic rail tragedy.

Her at Thompson Rivers University gives her a perspective on the job market, Bepple said. “The young people I work with want to stay in Kamloops. As co-op coordinator, I help hundreds of local employers attract and retain TRU students and grads. It’s a win-win situation.”

She said that during her past terms on council she advocated for services for seniors and people with disabilities, expansion of industrial lands, expanding transit services, housing options and mental health services in conjunction with the rCMP.

Bepple said she wants to work on housing for seniors, the working poor, youth and the hard to house.

Her decision to re-enter politics means all eight of the past term’s councillors, as well as the mayor, are seeking election again.

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5 Comments on Nancy Bepple back in race for seat on City council

  1. I’m proud of Nancy Bepple for revealing the illness that caused her to cut short her term on City Council. Her first-hand experience with the stigma of mental illness is exactly why she will be an effective voice on council. If Nancy was returning from successful recovery from cancer, or a heart attack, she would have been congratulated for her return to health and not been hesitant to disclose the details of her illness.

  2. Nancy is hitting all of the issues that a lot of people care about, too bad that it will all turn out to be just talk. It won’t be long, and all of her whining about the time she needs to put in on council will start, and never end. Then she will start touting all of her ” pie in the sky ” projects that she would like to see, whether the taxpayer can afford them or not. Do everyone a favor Nancy, and just stay home. I sincerely hope that people will turn out to vote, so that a few of the incumbents are turfed out, and Nancy doesn’t squeak back in .

  3. ajax toobigtooclose // September 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM // Reply

    Nancy Bepple should have resigned long ago when she said she could not vote regarding Ajax because one of her family owned shares in some company associated with Ajax. Apparently, that person sold the interest and she still didn’t vote re. Ajax or offer an opinion.

  4. hmmmmmmm, can;t imagine why she would want to run again. I thought that she would be one of the ones that would have a good chance of being defeated, That being said, I sure wish we had a solid list of contenders. Would hate to think we would have 4 more year of the same old faces.

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