Speculation abounds on Williams Lake municipal elections

There are two-and-a-half months before the municipalities, regional districts and school boards in British Columbia go to election.

There are two-and-a-half months before the municipalities, regional districts and school boards in British Columbia go to election.

Here in Williams Lake we could have as many as three candidates running for the mayor’s job and I hear so many names popping up for those wishing to run as a councillor.

In the top job in Williams Lake, Mayor Kerry Cook will run for the position once again and her opposition will be current 21-year councillor Surinderpal Rathor.

There is also the persistent gossip that former councillor, mayor and MLA Walt Cobb will once again throw his hat in the ring.

Cobb and Rathor — either one could give current Mayor Kerry Cook a good run if there were only two hats thrown into the mayoralty ring.

In the last election, Walt Cobb and Scott Nelson split the vote allowing Cook to come up the middle and pick up a win.

There are many stories floating around the community on who will run for councillor positions this term.

Here’s some of the names that have been passed on to me in political conversations.

Scott Nelson, Jason Ryll, Craig Smith, Peter Bowman, Bobbi Jo Macnair, Wayne Lucier and some of those already on council, like Ivan Bonnell, Laurie Walters and Sue Zacharias. Danica Hughes and Surinder Rathor will not be running.

What will be the issues that will drive this election?

Would it be the economy of the community, including our debt?

It may be taxes. Ours have increased considerably.

Perhaps it may be the overall management of city affairs.

Did the city manage the Don DeGagne hiring and firing episode last year in a proper manner, or is this one going to cost the taxpayers a bundle of dollars?

The city has had three administrators in the last term of council.

Maybe crime and fire protection will also be topics of discussion during this election.

There are some folks in our town that want to throw out the council completely along with the mayor. They apparently will be making some noise coming closer to election time.

There does not appear to be a lot of discussion regarding school board and regional district elections at this point, although I have heard that Ted Armstrong of Quesnel may be challenged.

I do know that Steve Forseth, alternate director of the CRD, will be running for a position this fall as the current director is stepping down.

Lots of rumours and many folks coming out of the woodwork for the 2014 civic elections in Williams Lake and area. Stay Tuned.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.

 

Just Posted

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Crews work to repair Horsefly Road east of Williams Lake . (Ministry of Transportation video)
MoTI activates district operations centre, response to flood damaged roads in Cariboo region

Engineers, experts being pulled from across the province to help

RCMP officers on scene Friday, May 14 off Bond Lake Road on the outskirts of Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Update: Williams Lake RCMP arrest one suspect after firearms incident near Bond Lake Road

Given the severity, suspect is being held in custody for a court appearance

An official naming ceremony for the Nekw7usem Bridge connecting the RC Cotton Trail to Scout Island will take place Monday, May 17 at noon. (Patrick Davies file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City, WLFN hosting naming ceremony for Nekw7usem Bridge in Williams Lake

The pedestrian bridge connects the RC Cotton Trail to Scout Island

Patricia Froberg (from left), Pat Mitchell and Dorothy Ouellette enjoy lunch prepared by members of the Old Age Pensioners Organization for St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday afternoon. Today, May 14, the Old Age Pensioners Organization Branch 93 and the Seniors Activity Centre are hosting an Old Fashioned Drive In lunch with car hop service at the SAC parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Old Fashioned Drive In Lunch on menu at seniors centre today, May 14

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., swing on by the SAC parking lot for an Old Fashioned Drive In lunch

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Police are at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary but the students have been evacuated. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gardener finds buried explosives, sparking evacuation of Cowichan school

Students removed from school in an ‘abundance of caution’

Most Read