Kamloops by-election set for Saturday, September 30

By James Peters
June 27, 2017 - 2:30pm Updated: June 27, 2017 - 5:50pm

Kamloops voters will go to the polls on Saturday, September 30.

That's the date council set this afternoon for a by-election to replace Mayor Peter Milobar and two council positions.

Councillor Ken Christian, who will resign effective Friday to seek the mayor's chair, advocated a date two weeks earlier, saying Kamloops residents deserve a full council as soon as possible.

"There are a number of issues that are getting held up, they're getting delayed until there is a full council. I think the opportunity to orient new councillors to their positions is significant," said Christian

But the prevailing side, including Councillor Tina Lange, argued staff need the extra time to fully prepare for the by-election.

"When you are talking about brand new staff coming into that big position, we don't want everybody working overtime which would just increase the bills some more, and we want to do it well. I also think that right now we are operating well as a small council, and an interim mayor, so I don't have a panic there," said Lange.

The by-election is expected to cost about $120,000..

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