IT MIGHT SEEM EARLY to start talking about next year’s civic election but, not really. That’s because there’s already a mayoralty race in the making.
Incumbent councillors are waiting to see if Ken Christian runs again, but if and when he announces his retirement, names will start dropping from the pundits like rain.
Not everyone is cooling their jets waiting on Christian, though. One is Ray Dhaliwal, who says he’s “90 per cent positive” he’ll run for the City’s top job. That’s gone up since I talked to him a week ago when he mentioned he was strongly “considering” it. Two and a half years ago, it was “70 per cent.” I sense a trend.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.