BY-ELECTION: Christian the new mayor; Sinclair, Dhaliwal in as councillors

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The Kamloops civic by-election for a new mayor and two new councillors was over in about 16 minutes on Saturday evening (Sept. 30, 2017), though it wasn’t official for another 20 minutes after that.

Ken Christian.

Kathy Sinclair.

At the end of the short evening, former City councillor Ken Christian had walked away with the mayoralty, taking 63.91 per cent of the total with 9,274 votes. Bill McQuarrie, who had campaigned on changing the culture of 2.5-per-cent annual budget hikes, was a distant second with 18.34 per cent, with 2,661 votes.

The new councillors are Kathy Sinclair and Ray Dhaliwal. Sinclair collected 3,421 votes for 12.29 per cent, with Dhaliwal second with 3,292 votes for 11.83 per cent.

Ray Dhaliwal.

If there was a surprise, it was that long-time former MLA and BC Liberal cabinet minister Kevin Krueger finished out of the running. He was third behind Dhaliwal, getting 3,042 votes or 10.93 per cent.

Another well-known Kamloops politician, school trustee Gerald Watson, was fourth, followed by Bill Sarai and Leslie Lax.

Former City councilor Nancy Bepple was eighth.

The percentages and rankings barely changed from the time the first three polls reported at 8:16 p.m. By a few minutes after 8:30, through the speed of electronic voting, all 14 polls had reported in and it was all over, officially.

Turnout was just over 21 per cent, higher than many had expected but lower than the usual 30 per cent or so that vote in a general civic election.

The winners will serve until the next general civic election in October 2018.

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4 Comments on BY-ELECTION: Christian the new mayor; Sinclair, Dhaliwal in as councillors

  1. // October 1, 2017 at 1:59 PM // Reply

    No worries…the Mayor and the 2 councilors are just temps or rentals. You know what happens with a temp or a rental…return them when you don’t need them and that may happen if they fail their temporary assignment.
    Congratulations to all who put their name forward to run. You all are winners.

  2. King’s result at the polls of 5% of the vote may accurately reflect the real support for the Ajax mine. Let’s review her filing for information covering her election revenues, could make for an interesting read. Hey Mr Lodmell, you were rallying the 8,000 supporters of Ajax to get Ms King elected, what happened ?

  3. What a sad result for this by election. Do people in Kamloops have some sort of financial death wish ? They picked the absolute worst person to be mayor. Shame on you if you didn’t bother to vote.

  4. The surprise for me was that Krueger got the amount of votes he did.

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