KAMLOOPS — In 2008, I began writing a series of articles on my experiences as the Mayor of Kamloops from 1999 to 2005. With a by-election for mayor and two council seats coming up Sept. 30, I thought it might be of interest to renew this series, so I will start with the first chapter and follow it through, adding more chapters as we go. I'll update it in some places based on new events and information, so I've renamed from its original "Behind Closed Doors" to simply, "Being Mayor." It will run weekly. We begin at the beginning, with my decision to run for mayor in 1999.