KAMLOOPS — Two more candidates have announced their intentions to run for Kamloops council in the September 30 by-election.
Sadie Hunter is a director of development at Thompson Rivers University, and this is her first foray into politics.
Hunter says, having moved to Kamloops 16 years ago as a single parent, she has developed a passion for improving access to affordable housing.
"As a longtime resident and raising a family here, I have accessed many of the social services and programs, including low income housing. I feel my lived experiences combined with my education in both journalism and environmental science, combined with my professional experience really give me unique perspective and insight," explained Hunter.
"(The City has) done a lot of great work through the HomeFree Collective. I would like to be a part of taking forward some of those recommendations to see how we can work with developers to provide incentives to include more affordable housing units. Also advocating through the provincial and federal governments for more support."
Ray Dhaliwal may be a more familiar name to local voters, having served as president of the Kamloops Multicultural Society since 2012.
He says serving on council is a logical step.
"My family has been a part of Kamloops since 1910, over 100 years. This is just the next step up for me in my path through life, and I think I can give back to the community in more ways than I do now."
The longtime locksmith says he has a vision for improving the city's downtown, including building a new city hall.
"We are still in the old city hall, from the 60s and 70s I believe. So I think Kamloops deserves that, and I think that can be incorporated into a multi-use building. It doesn't have to be a performing arts centre, but that can be incorporated into it as well. We have a great piece of property down there, just to revitalize downtown as well, and get more activity down there."
Hunter and Dhaliwal bring the total to seven prospective councillors for two open spots.
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