ROTHENBURGER – Canada Day Ray ’90 per cent’ ready to kick off run for mayor

Ray Dhaliwal.

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.

Nobody is going to come out at this point and officially announce intentions to go after the City’s top job but that doesn’t mean they’re not making plans.

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 opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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