ARMCHAIR MAYOR – Running twice, running in place and not running at all

SOME CIVIC ELECTION odds and ends to catch up on this week.

I’ve recently written about a couple of quirks of our civic election system. One is that people are allowed to run for more than one office at the same time; the other is that candidates don’t have to live where they run.

Donovan Cavers’ decision to run both for City council and for the Kamloops school board was the subject of much coffee-shop talk during the week.  At the least, he’s gotten himself a lot of media coverage and virtually doubles his name exposure.

While he suggested early in the week he might withdraw from one of the elections by Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline, that deadline came and went and Cavers stayed in, saying his supporters back his decision. So his name will be on two ballots, the first time in history a Kamloops City councillor has run for a school board seat in the same election.


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

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