If students had a say council would look very different

Students line up to vote at Westsyde Secondary School last week.
Image Credit: @BlueWaveWSS via Twitter


KAMLOOPS - If city students were able to vote in the recent civic election, we would have seen four new faces around the table and the return of former a councillor. It's quite a result considering 33 per cent of eligible Kamloops voters took to the polls last week and voted for little change.

Of the 10 schools participating in the Student Votes program in Kamloops six took to the polls last week. Of the 6,335 students who voted, 66 per cent chose Peter Milobar as mayor and Dieter Dudy earned the top councillor spot by more than 80 votes.

Students at Dallas, Kay Bingham, McGowan Park and Summit elementary schools reported their voting numbers alongside students at Westsyde and South Kamloops Secondary schools.

Westsyde had the largest turnout, with nearly 3,000 votes tallied. Candidates, Incumbent Arjun Singh, former councillor Nancy Bepple and newcomers Jenny Green and Mike O’Reilly, spoke with two classes at Westsyde prior to the election.

Here is how Kamloops students voted (**elected in 2014 civic election):


Peter Milobar ** 513
Pierre Filisetti  148
Benjamin James 116
Dallas Paisley  106


Dieter Dudy**  418
Donovan Cavers** 336
Nancy Bepple 318
Tina Lange**  263
Mike O'Reilly  258
Andrew Miller 253
Nelly Dever  246
Bob Dieno  222

Arjun Singh**  220
Jenny Green  198
Brad Harrison  192
Denis Walsh**  187
Peter Sharp  180
Annette Glover 179
Tanja Hasler  178
Glen Thompson 174
Reo Rocheleau 173
Peter Kerek  154
Ken Christian** 149
Bernadette Siracky 144
Alexandra Proctor 143
Dustin McIntyre 139
Andy Philpot  136
Daphane Nelson 131
Marg Spina**  121
Patricia Wallace** 115
Cheryl Phippen 113
Glenn Hilke  112

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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