March 19, 2014 - 4:30 PM
KELOWNA – With Mayor Walter Gray’s announcement he will not seek re-election in November, City Hall is facing some significant changes.
While most councillors have not yet made their decisions public whether or not they will run again, a few of them, including two first term councillors, appear to be close to announcing their candidacy for mayor.
Gail Given says she hasn’t made up her mind whether or not she will seek the job. She has said in the past she was considering running for mayor but that she will not run against Walter Gray. Given was elected to council in 2011.
“I’m giving (running for mayor) very serious consideration,” she says. “I want to be around to cut the ribbons on some of the work we did this past term.”
Colin Basran also has expressed a desire to be Mayor of Kelowna. In February, the first term councillor said he would run but only if Gray does not. Although Gray will not have his hat in the ring in November, Basran says he is still examining the best course of action.
“I’m still just considering it,” he says, adding that if decides not to run for mayor, he will still seek re-election to council.
Coun. Luke Stack says although he considered running for mayor, he has decided against it. He will however, run for councillor again in November.
“With some of the changes that are coming to the city, I think it would be good to have some stability on council,” he says.
Mohini Singh says she would like to run again in November, but before she can make the announcement she has to discuss the matter with her family.
“I would like to run again,” she says. “There’s still lots of work that needs to be done. I would like to serve but I haven’t had that conversation with my boss at the Minstry and also I want to make sure all is well with my family. My daughter just turned 13 and I must put family first.”
Gerry Zimmermann and Andre Blanleil both say they are undecided but likely will not run for mayor, and Maxine DeHart and Robert Hobson could not be reached for confirmation.
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