KAMLOOPS - Nominations are officially closed and we appear to have a decent sized race for councillor and school trustee seats, and four candidates are vying for the mayoral seat.
At the end of the nomination period Friday, incumbent councillors Donovan Cavers, Ken Christian, Nelly Dever, Tina Lange, Arjun Singh, Marg Spina and Pat Wallace had all filed their papers. Candidates Nancy Bepple, Bob Dieno, Dieter Dudy, Annette Glover, Jenny Green, Brad Harrison, Tanja Hasler, Glenn Hilke, Peter Kerek, Dustin McIntyre, Andrew Miller, Daphane Nelson, Mike O’Reilly, Andy Philpot, Cheryl Phippen, Alexandra Proctor, Reo Rocheleau, Bernadette Siracky, Peter Sharp, Glen Thompson and Denis Walsh have also handed in their nomination papers.
For those counting, that is 28 candidates looking to fill eight council seats. In 2011, 24 people ran for councillor.
There are four candidates running for the mayor's job, incumbent Peter Milobar and challenger Ben James have both filed their papers with Pierre Filisetti and Dallas Paisley throwing their names in at the last minute. In the 2011 election Milobar went up against three other candidates.
There are 15 candidates for school trustee and just five seats. Christy Campbell, Bowen Cooluris, Michael Carroll, Joan Cowden, Colleen Deveyrac, Adam Jensen, Kathleen Karpuk, Don Kitt, Colin Madlan, Barbara Morin, Aaron Shufletoski, Joe Small, Meghan Wade, Christine Watson and Gerald Watson have all filed nomination papers.
Elaine Sedgman, who has been campaigning for mayor as the character Mr. Open Pitbelly, made the decision earlier this week to pull out of the election.
Nominees will officially be declared on Oct. 20 and Kamloops will vote for one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees on Nov. 15.
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— This story was updated at 8:09 p.m., Oct. 10 with a complete list of candidates.