An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE CIVIC ELECTION in Kamloops continues to warm up with yesterday’s announcement by former councillor Nancy Bepple that she’ll be in the race for a council seat.
Based on the history of Kamloops elections in years when the incumbent mayor steps aside, we can expect three dozen names on the ballot for the eight council seats, and probably a half dozen for mayor.
It’s notable that all four candidates for mayor so far are men. Reid Hamer-Jackson, Arjun Singh, Ray Dhaliwal and Dieter Dudy each brings his own qualities to the race but a little more gender balance would be a good thing. Kamloops has had only one female mayor — Kenna Cartwright — in its history, though others have tried.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Nancy Bepple’s weekly column in ArmchairMayor.ca is on hiatus until after the civic election.
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.