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At least one Kamloops councillor won't be on ballot for 2022 election

Kathy Sinclair
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Kathy Sinclair is the first Kamloops city councillor to announce intentions to not seek another term.

In a statement to social media, Sinclair said she plans to prioritize her "health, friendships and family," rather than put her name on the 2022 ballot.

"The decision has not come easily," she said, adding that the job comes with its "joys" and challenges.

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Sinclair was an incumbent in the 2018 municipal election, returning after winning a brief term in the 2017 by-election.

Since 2020, she's served on three of the City's committees, liaised with Tk'emlups te Secwepemc and sat as one of the City's Thompson Nicola Regional District directors.

She stepped down from the regional district director's seat last month, announcing she was hired to work at Thompson Nicola Regional District.

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With a history of volunteer work at several non-profits, Sinclair said she will continue to serve the community but no longer as an elected official.

"I have every faith that good people will run for — and be elected to — Kamloops City Council this fall," Sinclair's statement reads.

Mayor Ken Christian announced in February his name won't be on the 2022 election ballot, leaving room for a new mayor in Kamloops.

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With his spot open, current councillors Dieter Dudy and Arjun Singh both plan to run for mayor this year.

Kamloops voters will hit the polls on Oct. 15, 2022 for the next B.C. municipal election.

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