Eighth candidate joins Kamloops council race

By Vanessa Ybarra
June 30, 2017 - 12:50pm Updated: June 30, 2017 - 4:46pm

KAMLOOPS — An eighth candidate has announced his intentions to join the Kamloops by-election council race.

22-year-old Jesse Bochek is the youngest candidate to throw his name into the political hat thus far.

With his grandfather and uncle running for politics, he says it was only a matter of time he do the same.

"In my Mom's side of the family we were very involved in federal elections mainly in Saskatchewan, so really it was just a natural choice," said Bochek.

The landscaper and photographer says having a wide range of jobs throughout the years from retail to car sales has helped him gain a firm grasp of business operations throughout Kamloops.

He says his number-one issue if elected would be combating the city's homeless issues.

"Our population are dealing with addictions and overdoses," said Bochek. "I think dealing with various mental health issues is a key center point of what we need to tackle right now."

Another top-of-mind issue for the Shuswap native would be growing Kamloops art scene.

"It's great to have a tournament capital where there's so many facilities but really we need to grow upon it if we want people to come for the sport but stay for the arts and culture."




Kamloops MLA Todd Stone preparing for role in opposition