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Upcoming election forums are your chance to meet the candidates

Voters will have the chance to meet and ask questions of those running for school trustee, council and mayor at several election forums planned in the coming weeks.

KELOWNA – As the election draws near, several groups and organizations have candidate forums planned where residents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of those running for council, mayor and school trustee.

The first forum is for mayoral candidates only and is organized by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Participating candidates will be at Manteo Resort Wednesday October 22 for a buffet breakfast 7:30 and the forum beginning at 8 a.m.

The Rutland Residents Association will host an all-candidates forum at Centennial Hall October 28 starting at 7 p.m. Candidates for mayor, council and school trustee will be given individual booths where voters will have the chance to sit down with them and talk face to face.

For the first time, the ten individual neighbourhood associations in Kelowna have come together for a combined four-day forum. The date has not yet been set but president of the Okanagan Mission Resident’s Association and mayoral candidate Mark Thompson says it will be early November. The official announcement will be made Wednesday, but Thompson says the format will likely be one day devoted to candidates for school trustee, two days for council and one day for those seeking the position of mayor.

The Urban Development Institute will also host a mayoral debate between the two top candidates Sharon Shepherd and Colin Basran starting at noon October 30. The debate is free for members of the UDI and $45 for non-members.

A list of candidates for all positions is available at the City of Kelowna election website.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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