IT’S COMMON SPECULATION that at least 30 people will put their names forward for councillor positions plus several for mayor in the upcoming Kamloops civic election.
Already, the numbers are growing daily — obviously, there’s no shortage of those willing to put up with the crap and abuse aimed at civic leaders. The campaign is only the beginning; for those elected it will become a part of everyday life.
I wonder how many people who have considered running will change their minds when they think it over. Why, after all, should anyone who wants nothing more than to build their community put up with having their names, reputations and actions attacked by do-nothing troglodytes who would never think of stepping forward themselves to do something positive?
Sadly, the harassment and slander of civic politicians is on the rise.
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 Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.