NEWS/ CIVIC ELECTION 2014 — Voters go to the polls in communities throughout B.C. Saturday to elect mayors, councillors and regional directors.
In Kamloops, 28 candidates are seeking election for eight council seats, and four want to be mayor — Peter Milobar, Pierre Filisetti, James Benjamin and Dallas Paisley squared off at the last big election forum Thursday night at the Sagebrush Theatre.
The 28 council candidates include all eight of those who were elected to council in the 2011 election. Fifteen candidates are seeking the five City seats on the Kamloops school board.
A complete list can be found on the City of Kamloops website.
Voters in several unincorporated and rural areas will also elect regional directors. Tim Pennell and Carol Schaffer are competing in Electoral Area A, Max Lentz and Willow Macdonald in Area B, Ronaye Elliott and Ronald McGivern in Area J, Ken Gillis and John Taylor in Area L, Mike Fennell and Bill Kershaw in Area O, and Mel Rothenburger and John Sternig in Area P.
More on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District election can be found at the elections.tnrd.ca page.
Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eligible voters wishing to register at the polls should bring two pieces of ID, including one with a signature, to verify identification and residency.
Voter turnout in Kamloops three years ago was just under 30 per cent, while the turnout for TNRD elections tends to be around 10 per cent or less.