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.
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.