Only one in five voters turn out as Kamloops has chosen a new mayor and two councillors

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KAMLOOPS - Roughly 21 per cent of eligible Kamloops voters made it to the polls to elect Ken Christian as mayor in the Sept. 30 byelection. He will be joined by new councillors Kathy Sinclair and Ray Dhaliwal.

Christian won in a landslide with 9,274 votes compared to second place Bill McQuarrie who picked up just 2,661. The council vote was much closer with Sinclair claiming 3,421 and Dhaliwal having 3,292. Kevin Krueger was at the top of the list of people on the outside looking in as he had just 250 fewer votes than Dhaliwal.

After 33 per cent and 32 per cent turnout the last two times Kamloops has voted, the city took a big step backward in this byelection as only 14,731 of the approximately 70,000 eligible voters cast a ballot.

The election winners will serve on council for a one year term before Kamloops goes back to the polls for a general election in 2018. The byelection was needed after councillor Marg Spina left her post due to her battle with cancer and Peter Milobar had to step down as mayor after being elected as MLA in the provincial election.

For more on the 2017 byelection, go here.


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