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Gerry Zimmermann doesn't endorse any Kelowna mayoral candidate

Former Kelowna fire chief and city councillor Gerry Zimmermann is pictured in this undated file photo.
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October 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

KELOWNA - Gerry Zimmermann may have issues with some things Mayor Colin Basran has done but that doesn’t mean he endorses Tom Dyas.

“I don’t want to be dragged into it,” Zimmermann told “Voting should be something people make up their own minds on about how they think a politician represents their point of view.”

Zimmermann is a former city councillor and was a national hero as fire chief during the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire.

Other media today said he endorsed Dyas.

“I just want to make it very clear that I wasn’t endorsing anybody,” Zimmermann said. “Because of the fire, people know who I was. I don’t want that to influence how anybody votes.”

Zimmermann was mentioned in a Dyas press release in late September over concerns about how Basran handled issues with irrigation districts that resulted in the take over of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District earlier this year. He sat on the board of directors for Black Mountain Irrigation District and was a city councillor in 2012 when a plan for water improvements was signed by the city and the four major irrigation districts.

The press release from Dyas blamed Basran for abandoning that plan.

Zimmermann doesn’t like what Basran did on that file but that doesn’t mean he’s any happier with Dyas.

“I really don’t know who I’m going to vote for,” Zimmermann said.

He said a voter can’t judge the value of a candidate because of a single issue.

But he disagrees with a lot that Dyas has said, especially his comments about relocating city hall and building a convention centre in its place, moving the downtown fire station, possibly switching to a municipal police force and setting up a farm to treat addicts. He calls those statements “outlandish.”

“I’m not endorsing Colin either,” Zimmermann said. “I’m not endorsing anybody."

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