Kelowna voters will be faced with a record number of names on the ballot when they go the polls in the civic election Nov. 19..
When the nomination period closed on Friday, 41 candidates had filed nomination papers to run for the eight available councillor seats in the city and another seven, including incumbent Sharon Shepherd, had filed papers to run for mayor.
The 41 candidates for councillor eclipses the previous record of 36 set three years ago.
Shepherd will be challenged by former mayor Walter Gray, two-time mayoral candidate Kim Ouellette, Cal Condy, Charles Hardy, Diana Van Beest and Ken Chung. Chung, who originally filed nomination papers for a councillor seat, withdrew them and refiled for mayor prior to the nomination deadline.
In the councillor race, the eight incumbents will be challenged by a large field, including some well-known local names.
Former fire Kelowna chief Gerry Zimmermann is seeking a seat, as are former CHBC reporters Mohini Singh and Colin Basran, Capital News business columnist Maxine DeHart is in the running, as is former councillor and provincial cabinet minister Carol Gran. Two former Central Okanagan Board of Education trustees, Gail Given, widow the late city councillor Brian Given, and Gail Scanlan are also seeking councillor seats. And the man who coordinated the local collection of thousands of signatures for the petition that forced the vote that scrapped the HST, Daniel Thorburn, wants a seat on council too.
In other civic races in the Central Okanagan, incumbent West Kelowna mayor Doug Findlater will square off with the woman who preceded him in the mayor’s chair, Rosalind Neis. Neis sat as a West Kelowna councillor for the last three years.
In the West Kelowna council race, 13 candidates, including five of the six incumbents are running.
In Lake Country, incumbent mayor James Baker is being challenged by incumbent Oyama Councillor Noreen Guenther, as well as Jason McCarthy and Bill Clarke. In the four Lake Country wards there will be races as multiple candidates are vying for election as the Oyama, Carr’s Landing, Winfield and Okanagan Centre representatives on council.
In Peachland, Mayor Keith Fielding is being challenged by Lee Sawchuck and 11 canadidates are vying for the six councillor postions.
A familiar name from the past has re-emerged to challenge for the Central Okanagan West regional director’s position. Former Westside CORD director Aaron Dinwoodie is challenging incumbent Jim Edgson, while on the other side of the lake, the Central Okangan East director’s seat will be a race between another former CORD regional director, Parry Hansen, and John Collison. Incumbent area director Kelly Hayes is not seeking re-election.
In the school district trustee races, Deb Butler appears to be the only local candidate who will be acclaimed in this election, as she is running unchallenged for the Lake Country trustee position.
Following a change to the boundaries for trustees on the Westside, incumbent Moyra Baxter will be challenged by three others for the Peachland/Westside seat and four newcomers will attempt to succeed Jeff Watson, who is not running, in West Kelowna trustee race.
In Kelowna 14 candidates are running for the four city seats on the local board of education.
Here is a full list of all the civic candidates in the Central Okanagan:
Kelowna mayor (1 to be elected):
Diana Van Beest
Kelowna councillor (8 to be elected)
West Kelowna mayor (1 to be elected):
West Kelowna councillor (6 to be elected):
Rick de Jong
Lake Country mayor (1 to be elected):
Lake Country councillor (at large) (2 to be elected):
Lake Country councillor (Winfield) (1 to be elected):
Lake Country councillor (Okanagan Centre) (1 to be elected):
Lake Country councillor (Carr’s Landing) (1 to be elected):
Lake Country councillor (Oyama) (1 to be elected):
Peachland mayor (1 to be elected):
Peachland councillor (6 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Board Of Education
Central Okanagan Board of Education trustee (Kelowna) (4 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Board Of Education trustee (Zone 1) (1 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Board Of Education trustee (Zone 2) (1 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Board of Education trustee (West Kelowna) (1 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Regional District director – Central Okanagan West (1 to be elected):
Central Okanagan Regional District director – Central Okanagan East (1 to be elected):