Former Kamloops councillor Bepple pursues a return to city hall

By James Peters
August 21, 2017 - 3:28pm

KAMLOOPS — A former Kamloops councillor wants her old job back.

Nancy Bepple has announced she will run for one of two open council spots in the September 30 by-election.

Bepple was elected to council in 2008 and 2011, resigned midway through her second term due to health reasons, then was defeated in a 2014 comeback attempt.

"It's so rewarding to work with people across the city to make this a better place to be. But there are also some specific things I want to accomplish on council," said Bepple.

The Thompson Rivers University faculty member's priorities include pedestrian safety and accessibility.

"I want to ensure that more sidewalks and public buildings are as accessible as possible for people with disabilities and mobility issues."

"I want to strengthen local business. One way is to look at a unified business license, which is something the local chamber of commerce wants, that would help local businesses not just in Kamloops, but around the region."

Bepple ran for the BC NDP in the spring provincial election, losing the Kamloops-South Thompson riding to incumbent BC Liberal Todd Stone.

Her hallmark during the provincial campaign was calling attention to the city's doctor shortage, something she maintains is still a priority.

"There are definitely things that can be done. When you look at other municipalities, they've put money into advertising, they've put money into infrastructure. I think first and foremost, it's building relationships with (Interior Health) and working with the TNRD to make sure that people don't forget about Kamloops."

Bepple says her previous council experience would give her an advantage in a short term council position prior to the 2018 municipal vote.

"I've been on council. I know that I could start the job and be up to speed very quickly. But it's time to refresh council. It's time to get council refocused."

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