AND NOW FOR something completely different.
A week later, what happened on election day is starting to sink in. A guy few initially expected to win is the mayor-elect of Kamloops. His opponents are surprised. A lot of voters are surprised. Even some of his supporters, if they were to be candid, are surprised.
Reid Hamer-Jackson isn’t surprised, though. When he entered the race a few weeks ago, he was widely regarded as a one-issue candidate unlikely to pose a serious challenge to the rest of the field. He just doesn’t look or sound like the mayor type. At forums, he spoke plainly but had trouble sticking to allotted time limits, sometimes cutting himself off in mid-sentence with “I’m done.”
But he wasn’t done. As the campaign wound down, the Hamer-Jackson candidacy revved up.
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 email@example.com.