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Kelowna councillor eyes Mayor's seat

Councillor Colin Basran sits in the chair of Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray during Monday's regular council meeting.
February 18, 2014 - 2:53 PM


KELOWNA – Kelowna city councillor Colin Basran looked pretty comfortable in the mayor’s chair Monday, but it’s only temporary—at least for now.

During the regular  afternoon council meeting, long time Kelowna resident and councillor since 2011, Colin Basran, 37, was asked to fill in for acting mayor Gail Given while she took Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon on a tour of City Hall. Given is filling in for Mayor Walter Gray while he is away on vacation with his family.

"I am considering running for mayor," says Basran. "But only if our current Mayor decides not to run. I'm happy with the job that he's doing. If he were to run again, I would not run against him."

Rumours of Basran’s interest in taking over the top spot in the city have been circulating ever since current Mayor Walter Gray hinted at his retirement during his State of the City address February 13.

Gray was first elected to council in 1986 and served as a councillor for two terms. He was elected mayor in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2011. He is 74 years old.

In B.C., general municipal elections are held every three years, with the last one taking place in November, 2011.

What do you think? Should Coun. Basran run for mayor of Kelowna in 2014?

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at, call (250) 718-0428 or tweet @AdamProskiw.

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