It’s only been a day since the City of Kelowna started releasing nomination packages for the upcoming municipal election, and already there’s a hefty contingent of political hopefuls queuing up.
According to Karen Needham, the city’s chief election officer, two nomination packages for mayor, and nine for city councillor were picked up Wednesday.
Among the potential mayoral hopefuls are James Murphy and Kim Oulette.
Potentially vying for city council seats are Carol Gran, Bobby Kennedy, Mary-Ann Graham, Tisha Kalmanovich, Peter McFadden, Andrew Powell, Elizabeth Fehr and Mohini Singh. Murphy picked up a package for a councillor seat, as well.
Needham pointed out that it was a fairly large showing for the first day of the nominations, when compared to years past, but that doesn’t mean everyone who came forward Wednesday—and in the days that follow— will actually follow through with their political aspirations.
After all, explained Graham, who will take her fourth run at office this November, it’s an expensive and time consuming pursuit.
That’s why this will be her last run at local political office, should the cards not line up in her favour.
The general election is set for Saturday, Nov. 19 to elect a mayor, councillors and school trustees.
Those interested in running can download more information from the city’s web page or pick up a nomination package available at the Office of City Clerk at City Hall, while the period to file nomination papers is Oct. 4 to 14.
Candidate and voter information is available on the City’s election website, kelowna.ca/election, which includes links to social media and an e-subscription service.
Residents of Kelowna 18 years of age and older can check their eligibility to vote at kelowna.ca/election. The election office can be reached at 250-469-8763.