ROTHENBURGER – Has everyone caught a case of by-election fever?

Who will fill the vacancies in Kamloops City Council?

HAS KAMLOOPS gone mad with civic fervor, or fever, as the case may be? The City puts out a call for applications for a few temporary jobs and gets swamped with people shouting “Pick me!”

When the dust cleared at 4 p.m. Friday — the deadline for by-election nominations — there were six in the running for mayor and 22 for City councilor.

That’s comparable to the sort of numbers for the general civic elections held every four years. In 2014, there were four candidates for mayor and 28 for councilor.

So the question is why? Why so much interest in a one-year job?


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published regularly on CFJC Today and he appears Wednesdays on the CFJC-TV evening news with his Armchair Mayor commentary. Contact him at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Has everyone caught a case of by-election fever?

  1. Daniela O'Fee // August 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM // Reply

    I am always curious about those candidates who throw their hat in at the last hour. I will vote for the ones who have planned ahead.

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