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ELECTIONS 2014: Candidate ‘alliance’ emerges

The 'loosely-knit alliance' under the name of Vision Kamloops was announced today.
October 14, 2014 - 2:22 PM

KAMLOOPS - A ‘loosely-knit alliance’ of five city council candidates announced Tuesday morning they are running under the umbrella of Vision Kamloops, but they were not yet ready to say what they stand for as a group.

Dieter Dudy, Jenny Green, Brad Harrison, Daphane Nelson and Denis Walsh say they began talking about the possibility of forming an alliance before they all filed their nomination papers, some only a few hours before the deadline Friday afternoon. Later, they spoke about forming an alliance and by Monday night they had an agreement.

They are not yet ready to announce their group platform, though each one says they are looking at the long term health of the city and admits to being against the proposed Ajax Mine.

“Stay tuned, we will be rolling out our platform on Thursday,” Green says, adding, “We have some core common goals we will reveal Thursday. You will have to wait and see.”

Dudy says while the group shares beliefs they are all still running as individuals.

“We are a loosely knit alliance,” Dudy says. ”We’re still individuals and still have individual campaigns, but we share some core beliefs. We still have to take time to build platform, wanted to let you know we do exist.”

At the end of the nomination period Friday four candidates are vying for the position of mayor, 28 are aiming for a council seat and 15 are looking to be named as a school trustee. Candidates will officially be declared on Oct. 20 and elections will take place on Nov. 15. Kamloops will 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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