Kelowna mayoral candidate Colin Basran officially opened his campaign office in downtown Kelowna on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking to the crowd assembled at the Bernard Avenue campaign headquarters, Basran acknowledged the support of his mentor, Mayor Walter Gray, and to those who turned out for the office opening.
“All of you being here sends a s strong message that you want our city to build on the last three years of progress,” Basran told the crowd.
“I am so proud to have been born and raised in Kelowna and to have been part of a team that has made Kelowna move forward. That is what we were elected to do.”
For Basran, the current race for mayor—which includes former mayor Sharon Shepherd, pastor Kelly Row, Rutland resident Cal Condy and Chuck Hardy—offers citizens two very distinct choices: “Do we move Kelowna forward or do we step back into the past?”
“Experience is one part of the equation, but you need to be innovative, have the energy and have clear decisive leadership,” said Basran.
The night also marked the unveiling of the full platform for a connected community on his website colinbasranforkelowna.com.
Basran says he wants to encourage growth in town centres, providing a diversity of housing options that are open to all ages and all incomes, and connecting those town centres with transit and active transportation corridors.
Among is priorities will be to include development of housing at the Capri Centre Mall and revitalization of Centennial Park in Rutland. Basran serves on the Uptown Rutland Business Association.
Key to his economic approach is working with industry, UBC Okanagan, Okanagan College, Interior Health and two higher level of government on projects like the new Innovation Centre and Interior Health buildings downtown.
“These are projects that create good paying jobs that are good for the environment,” said Basran. “People at those jobs are going to come downtown and see that things are happening and will want to live downtown too—that creates the vibrancy that this downtown needs to support our local business owners.”