Fifth candidate joins Kamloops council race

By James Peters / Chad Harris
June 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

KAMLOOPS — The unofficial race for two spots expected to open up ahead of a Kamloops council by-election continues to swell.

Jennifer Adams became the fifth candidate to announce her intentions to run this morning.

Adams says she is an entrepreneur who has started several businesses, and has sat on multiple community boards, but this is her first shot at holding elected office.

She says she wants to ensure Kamloops is well-prepared for future growth.

"This is a great city, it is beautiful, and I think there are going to be a lot of people that will come here. We have to be prepared and ready and be looking forward for a long term vision for substantial growth," explained Adams.

"(Running for council is) something I seem to be drawn towards and feeling like perhaps I have something to add to the mix for Kamloops. We have a great diverse community here, so our council should reflect our community."

Adams says she initially planned to run during the general municipal election in 2018, but when a by-election was called for this year, she decided there's no time like the present.

"I had been thinking about the upcoming election in 2018, and truthfully that was where I was sort of shooting for. With the announcement that we have a by-election, I decided to run in the by-election. It is only a couple of seats, but now is the time."

The other four candidates to publicly declare their candidacy for the two open spots are Kevin Krueger, Bill Sarai, Stephen Karpuk and Gerald Watson.

Three people have already said they will run for the open mayor's chair: Ken Christian, Cindy Ross Friedman and Reo Rocheleau.

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