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ELECTION 2014: BASRAN IS NEW MAYOR: defeats former Mayor Sharon Shepherd

Preliminary counts indicate Coun. Colin Basran has defeated Sharon Shepherd in the race for the mayors chair.
November 16, 2014 - 9:35 AM

KELOWNA - This time, youth beat experience.

Colin Basran, a one-term councillor, who turned 37 yesterday, defeated one the city's most experienced candidates, Sharon Shepherd. Shepherd was a three-term councillor and two-term mayor before she was defeated in 2011 by Walter Gray, who endorsed Basran. This was to be Shepherd's political return, but a massive campaign behind Basran ended that.

Early, and as yet unofficial, results show Basran with a massive lead over Shepherd. Meanwhile, Kelowna first political slate, Taxpayers First was shut out of councillor seats, as was Prosper Kelowna. All but one of the elected candidates—Charlie Hodge—were on the list recommended by ForKelowna. 

At a large and loud reception outgoing mayor, Walter Gray, was there to support Basran.

"It doesn't surprise me that he won but it surprises me he won by such a wide margin. It's going to give him a lot of confidence and that's something you need as a young mayor," Gray said.

When he finally arrived at the Coast Capri, Basran was greeted by more than 100 supporters cheering and chanting "Kelowna" and interrupting him often with hugs and handshakes.

"This is both an honour and a privilege that I will not wear lightly," he said. "I'm so proud of the campaign we have run the last few months."

Basran thanked his family for their support as well as fellow councillors Andre Blanleil and Robert Hobson for their endorsements.

"In particular I would like to thank Sharon Shepherd for her commitment to Kelowna both as a city councillor and for all the humanitarian work she continues to do."

RESULTS:

MAYOR

BASRAN, Colin 16888 or 56.70 per cent of votes
SHEPHERD, Sharon 10512
THOMPSON, Mark 1143
HARDY, Chuck 548
ROW, Kelly 450
SMEDLEY, Glendon 84
CONDY, Sam 80
MURPHY, James 78

COUNCILLORS

STACK, Luke 16651
GIVEN, Gail 15691
DeHART, Maxine 15683
SINGH, Mohini 15561
SIEBEN, Brad 12666  
GRAY, Tracy 11588  
DONN, Ryan 9622 
HODGE, Charlie 9519  

ITANI, Beryl 8187  
THURNHEER, Laura 7816  
MONK, Alan 6247  
MOSSMAN, David 5311 
JAMES, Graeme (TaxPayersFirst) 4900
GORMAN, Michael (TaxPayersFirst) 4473  
McLOUGHLIN, Mike (ProsperKelowna) 4374  
UPSHAW, Sean (ProsperKelowna) 3946  
GRAN, Carol (TaxPayersFirst) 3866  
KENNEDY, Bobby 3151  
RAJABALLY, Mo 3058  
OLSON, Dale (TaxPayersFirst) 2533  
VAN RYSWYK, Dayleen 2310 
AALTONEN, Billie (TaxPayersFirst) 2211  
KENDALL, Leslie 2101 
JAMES, Rawle 1748  
CONNOR, P.S. Reilly 1513  
CHUNG, Ken 1500 
MILES, Gwen 1298  
FINNEY, Ken 1283 
CONDY, Cal 1002  
JESSACHER, Krista 785  
SOMER, Derek 'Red' 762  

School Trustee 

GORMAN, Chris 10986  
CACCHIONI, Rolli 10635  
TIEDE, Lee-Ann 8036  
MOSSMAN, Lee 7426  

BRINKERHOFF, Joyce 7195  
PENDHARKAR, Murli 6667 
AUBIN, Nicholas 6400  
PAGLIOCCHINI, Peter 5667 
AALTONEN, Scott 2887  
DROHOMERESKI, Sharlene 2450  

— updated at 8:52 p.m. with results and 9:29 p.m. with reactions

— updated at 11:18 p.m. with links.

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