Kelowna mayoral candidate Tom Dyas speaks to the media following his concession speech on Saturday night in the aftermath of Colin Basran being re-elected as Kelowna mayor. Photo: Barry Gerding/Capital News

Voters dash optimism of Kelowna mayoral candidate

Tom Dyas thought election would be a lot closer

Kelowna mayoral candidate Tom Dyas was left surprised by the margin of victory for incumbent Colin Basran in Saturday’s municipal election.

Dyas said what he was hearing on the campaign trail was many people being uncomfortable how city council was handling the safety aspect of downtown, traffic congestion and unfinished bypass and Upper Mission road projects and rising housing costs all coupled with annual tax increases.

“So hearing that, I am surprised it was not a lot closer but I congratulate Colin and his team for their campaign. We were hoping we would win the race, but I said at the outset I wanted to bring issues forward based on what I experienced and others experienced in trying to address issues in this community that appeared to be falling on deaf ears,” said Dyas, speaking at his post-election gathering Saturday night at the Kanata Hotel.

He stressed, however, that his campaign still attracted 30 per cent of the vote as more than 9,518 people voted for him, while Basran secured 18,118 votes.

Dyas noted his campaign started five weeks ago, on the heels of his involvement chairing the Kelowna Rocket successful bid to host the 2020 Memorial Cup, with many supporters and volunteers who were finding their way in how to run an effective campaign.

RELATED: Tom Dyas tosses his hat into the Kelowna mayoral ring

“I look forward now that we have a successful understanding how these campaigns work and everyone is set up with a job description, who knows what is coming up in the future as other things will be happening shortly,” he said.

While Dyas declined to offer further details on his future political interests, among those “other things” would be the race for the Conservative Party nomination in the next federal election for the Kelowna-Lake Country riding and a possible Liberal riding candidacy in the 2021 provincial election.

RELATED: Mayoral candidates debate issues

While acknowledging the close friendship between he and Basran had been strained by his candidacy, Dyas feels that relationship will be restored in time.

“I would answer that question with little bit of a story. In business, numerous times I have competed against individuals who are friends. Sometimes you win the business deal, sometimes you don’t. In sports, as I grown up I have competed in championship games against individuals who are friends, and are still friends to this day,” he said.

“I believe the mature aspect of it looking forward, yes there will be communications going forward that obviously will be little rustier than was at one point in time, but is that potentially something good for community and the community will benefit for, yes I think so.”



barry.gerding@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Kelowna Art Gallery hosts new exhibition, Poetics of Space

The exhibition can be viewed from Feb. 2 until May 5

Kelowna RCMP use spike belt to apprehend alleged car thieves

Both suspects were expected in court Thursday morning

Kelowna RCMP ask for assistance to identify suspects

The break and enter resulted in a firearm being stolen

TELUS works with YMCA for Okanagan youth

A four week employment program will assist at-risk youth

First recreational cannabis store in Okanagan has quiet opening near Lake Country

Indigenous Bloom has opened on Okanagan Indian Band land

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hergott: Memories of crashes fade

Lawyer Paul Hergott writes about the importance of journaling after a crash

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Remorse high for Vernon man sentenced for car surfing death

Driver of car that killed friend who was car surfing gets nine months in jail

Most Read