Kamloops mayoral race adds fifth contender

By James Peters
August 16, 2017 - 3:17pm Updated: August 16, 2017 - 7:56pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops mayoral race for the upcoming by-election is getting crowded.

At city hall today, North Shore resident Leonard Seigo picked up his nomination papers.

Seigo says city hall needs to turn its eyes northward.

"Spend a few dollars on the North Shore, clean it up, straighten it up," said Seigo." Make it all part of one city. Not just the North Shore or Westsyde, but make it all one city."

Seigo adds he'd like to see Bylaw Services take a different approach to dealing with homelessness.

"The issues that we have in the community with the poor need to be dealt with through city hall. They seem to be reluctant to do that. So, in order to have a platform in which to speak to the community at large, I need to run for mayor."

"Bylaw enforcement is chasing the homeless all around the community, making them move constantly, rather than trying to provide them with housing so that they can use the resources that are in this community to their fullest extent; get off the street, get to work, and start becoming a tax-paying citizen."

Seigo ran as an independent in the 2005 provincial election, finishing fourth in the riding of Peace River North.

He notes his four opponents are well-qualified, but argues he is as well.

"I've run for MLA in the north, I've worked in the courts, I've been a community advocate for 25 years. I've dealt with this same situation (homelessness) everywhere - Fort St. John, for example. The community there responded well. This community isn't."

Four other men have announced their intentions to seek the mayor's chair: Ken Christian, Reo Rocheleau, Todd McLeod and Bill McQuarrie.

The by-election is set for September 30.

Nomination period opens for fall byelection