Fewer candidates in debates, on ballot will make for better municipal election process

First, let me say thank you for considering to serve this great City of Kelowna. It is great to see so many people wanting to be involved.

Open letter to all candidates for city council and mayor of Kelowna:

First, let me say thank you for considering to serve this great City of Kelowna. It is great to see so many people wanting to be involved.

However, if you really care about this city, then I must ask you to consider not filing your papers.

Presently we have had over 50 people pick up candidate packages for council and 11 for mayor.

If, like most in the city, you are concerned about the direction we are going with the present mayor and or councillors, then you also realize that with this number of potential candidates it just increases the chances that we will have the same group sitting around the table for the next three years.

We deserve better.

Some of you have run numerous times without success and you are certainly entitled to try again,  but—and it is a big but—the chances of you getting the required number of votes to win a seat doesn’t look too positive.  Most of you could double or triple what you got in 2008 and still not be at the table.

So now is the time for personal reflection.

If you really want change and you can’t beat an incumbent then, please, find a candidate who does have a chance, who shares your views and values and place your support behind that candidate.

Who are these potential candidates? Good question.

• Someone who was within 500 votes in 2008 has a good chance if they have been able to keep their support or perhaps grow that support with endorsements from those willing to step aside for the good of the city.

• Some new high profile individuals have come forward which gives them a good chance because name recognition is big in civic elections.

Turning to mayor, it is a two-person race, no ifs, ands or buts on this one.  The last time Walter Gray and Sharon Shepherd squared off the next closest candidate got a total of 378 votes or one per cent, while Shepherd finished with over 53 per cent and Gray had over 44 per cent.  These two both bring different ideas and management skills to the table. One is going to win so lets have a good debate.

Hopefully we can have fewer than 15 candidates for council, then the all-candidate meeting will take on some meaning and we can have a full debate on the issues.

If we go with the present 50 plus, then I think we all know what the result will be.

We deserve better.

 

Wayne Pierce, Kelowna

 

 

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