Keremeos resident Arlene Arlow is once again throwing her hat into the ring for this year’s mayoral election.
Arlow finished closely behind current mayor Manfred Bauer in 2018, falling just shy by 15 votes. She’s hopeful that this time around will be different, or at least closer.
“I lost by 15 votes, but I only needed nine of them because you can’t win by one vote,” said Arlow. “In Peachland in 2018, there was a coin toss because they were each within one vote.”
Arlow comes into the race with two terms as councillor under her belt and has stayed busy ever since.
Running for mayor is one more way that Arlow plans to contribute to her community, having been actively involved in volunteering and other efforts since she moved to the community in 2005.
With her background in volunteering, it is something that she plans to champion if elected.
A volunteer recognition event would be one of the avenues that Arlow said she would like to pursue.
“The underlying principle of pretty much every community around the world is to give back,” Arlow said. “I’m not going to beg, but I want to really encourage and make it a point of telling taxpayers that community is built on volunteering and that activities in our community need volunteers.”
The other major change that she would like to bring about would be getting the province to make safety improvements to the intersection of 7 th Street and 7 th Avenue which is currently an uncontrolled intersection, one used heavily by trucks making their way along Highway 3.
Ideally, getting the province to put money into making the bypass road the route for those trucks would be better, but she admitted that such an expensive project was less likely than upgrading the intersection.
“I might have to lobby again and again and again, but they put in a different traffic light at [Highway 97] near the Penticton Airport connecting to [Skaha Hills],” said Arlow. “Somebody wanted it and there were enough people who said it needs to get done.”
Arlow is gearing up and getting ready for the campaign season. That begins on Sept. 17, and continues until election day on Oct. 15.
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