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HE'S BACK! Colin Basran re-elected as Kelowna Mayor

Colin Basran speak with supporters after winning his second election as Mayor of Kelowna.
October 20, 2018 - 10:01 PM

KELOWNA - The battle between friends for the job of Kelowna Mayor was won easily by incumbent Colin Basran.

Speaking to supporters at a local cafe this evening, he was jubilant after a hard fought campaign.

“I’m so excited to work with this new council. I’m so excited all the incumbents got in. We work so well together. And I’m so excited Loyal got in. Loyal will be a great addition to this council and we’ll get things done,” he said. 

Meanwhile it looks like all incumbent councillors will return and Loyal Wooldridge has edged out Gord Lovegrove for the last spot. 

After one term as city councillor and another as mayor, Basran stood on his record of economic growth combined with a social conscience to fight off three challengers.

Basran got off the mark early by announcing, in May, that he would run for re-election. There did not seem to be any real challengers until former friend and former president of Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Tom Dyas threw his hat in the ring in mid-September – delaying his long-rumoured candidacy until he had wrapped up his work on the Kelowna Rocket’s proposal to host the 2020 Memorial Cup.

What was, perhaps, more surprising was his full-on attack on Basran’s leadership ability. This coming from a friend who had vacationed with Basran in Hawaii and New York not that long ago.

One of Basran’s first responses was to unfriend Dyas on Facebook.

With 21 of 21 polls reporting, these were the results. 

Colin Basran 18,118 56.95%
Tom Dyas 9,518 29.92%
Bobby Kennedy 2,671 8.40%
Bob Schewe 1,507 4.74%

Maxine DeHart 16,706 8.98%
Gail Given 16,323 8.77%
Luke Stack 15,150 8.14%
Brad Sieben 14,675 7.89%
Mohini Singh 14,586 7.84%
Charlie Hodge 14,429 7.75%
Ryan Donn 13,236 7.11%
Loyal Wooldridge 12,495 6.71%
Gord Lovegrove 10,886 5.85%
Graeme James 8,789 4.72%
Amarjit Singh Lalli 8,087 4.35%
Dustin Sargent 7,688 4.13%
Lindsay Bell 5,897 3.17%
Craig Hostland 5,239 2.82%
Mark Boyer 4,136 2.22%
Kevin Bond 3,550 1.91%
Jeff Piattelli 3,243 1.74%
Wayne Carson 3,114 1.67%
Mo Rajabally 3,067 1.65%
Greg Dahms 2,829 1.52%
Stef Van Meeteren 1,974 1.06%

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