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A look at what election issues are this fall

KAMLOOPS - Ajax? Arts? Parking? Property taxes? A new survey is focused on finding out exactly what Kamloops residents are most concerned about heading into the Nov. 15 civic election.

The Kamloops Voters Society is conducting an online survey from Oct. 5-15 to find out what election topics residents are most concerned about before candidate mixers and forums take place.

The survey consists of 21 multiple choice questions and an open answer question to cover any issues not already tackled in the survey. It focuses on gathering opinions on how to increase voter turnout, views on mining, performing arts, the official community plan, taxes, parking kiosks and making Kamloops more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Only one survey per IP Internet address will be allowed (so take the survey while at home instead of at work) and is restricted to people living within the City of Kamloops. Results will be made available by Oct. 20.

Following the survey a series of questions will be forwarded to all candidates and those results will be made public Nov. 3. ‘Candidate mixers’ are planned for the North Shore on Nov. 7 and at Thompson Rivers University on Nov. 12. One is also in the works for the Aberdeen area.

The group hopes to engage more voters to help significantly increase voter turnout from the 29 per cent that took part in the last civic election. Kamloops Vote 50 is leading that push and will use the results of the survey to help figure out where to focus resources over the next six weeks.

The civic election will take place Nov. 15 and will see Kamloops elect one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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