ELECTION 2014: Blanleil backs city council candidate

City of Kelowna: City council candidate Brad Sieben has been given a public endorsement by outgoing city councillor Andre Blanleil.

  • Oct. 27, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Andre Blanleil has decided to get into the candidate endorsement game in this year’s City of Kelowna civic election.

Blanleil, a long-time city councillor who opted not to run for re-election this year, has announced his support for city council candidate  Brad Sieben.

“In my 21 years sitting on city council, I’ve been able to work with many different people and see what it takes to be an effective councilor and Brad has what it takes,” said Blanleil.

“I’ve had the pleasure if sitting on a few volunteer boards and committees with Brad, including one board that he chaired.   He is a strong and passionate leader that works extremely hard, making good decisions and fighting for what he believes in.  He is the right person to help keep Kelowna moving forward.”

Kelowna residents will visit voting stations for advance voting on Nov. 5, 12, 13, and 14 and general election day on Nov. 15 to vote and elect the new Kelowna city council, school trustees and mayor.

Blanleil is encouraging the community to get out and vote in order to have their voice heard.  “Every vote is a voice, historically our voter turnout has been low in our community and if we want to see our community continue to excel and move forward we must get out and vote; we have seen elections where just a few votes made the difference between someone being elected and someone not sitting in council chambers. Voting is your right, it’s your voice.”

Sieben said this of  Blanleil’s public support for his election campaign:  “I thought that Andre would be supportive on my candidacy, but I had no idea he would come forward publicly to endorse me. It’s an honour to have his support, it means a lot.”

Born and raised in Kelowna,  Sieben is a graduate of the University of Victoria who has taught high school in School District 23, worked for two multi-national corporations and assumed leadership roles in a private, family-run business in which he was a part-owner, the Hotel Eldorado, from 2003-14.

Sieben has also served as a volunteer coach for youth and has served as volunteer on more than a dozen community organizations and fundraisers, helping to bring over $850,000 to local charities.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for the contribution Andre has made to the City of Kelowna over his 21 years on council,” adds Sieben. “His work has undoubtedly made Kelowna a better city.  He’s a straight shooter, calls it how he sees it, and follows his heart regardless of perceptions from others.  I hope to bring many of these same qualities to council.”

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