FourChange has named the four candidates it plans to endorse in the upcoming civic election in Kelowna.
As expected, the group, headed by 10 local business people, has endorsed former Kelowna fire chief Gerry Zimmerman, former Social Credit provincial cabinet minister and former Kelowna city councillor Carol Gran, Gail Given, a former Central Okanagan Board of Education trustee and the widow of the late Kelowna city councillor Brian Given and Colin Basran, a local businessman and former CHBC news reporter.
The group said it made its choice after 23 of the 32 non-incumbent candidates for Kelowna city council responded to a questionnaire the FourChange sent out a few weeks ago.
The questionnaire was not sent to the eight incumbents who are running for re-election.
When FourChange announced in late Septemeber that it would seek out four candidates to support, it said, of the incumbents, it only supported Robert Hobson, Graeme James, Andre Blanleil and Luke Stack. It has since backed away from the stated position, with one of the organization’s spokespeople, David Langton, saying it is not currently publicly supporting any incumbents.
FourChange made its endorsement announcement Tuesday morning, with the four chosen candidates on hand.
While the quartet said they are grateful for the endorsement, they said they do not consider themselves part of a team in this election. All said they will continue to run individual campaigns.
The civic election goes Nov. 19.