This election will be a race to watch!

It seems like everywhere I go people are talking about the election. There is a lot of buzz building about some of the new candidates.

It seems like everywhere I go people are talking about the election. There is a lot of buzz building about some of the new candidates and it’s not hard to see why.  With mayoral candidate Fred Thomas opening a campaign office on Bridge Street and campaign signs showing up all over town, even incumbents who some consider to be safe are showing they are in this race to win it.

The people I have talked to seem to be truly interested in this election. Maybe it is fall out over the emotionally charged referendum, but people seem to be paying attention. The only part of the civic election that seems to be lackluster is the run for school board trustee. Actually, there is no race at all with incumbents Gordon Comeau and Dave Rainer being appointed with Leah Ward joining them.

There could be two big battles during this election: the battle over the lone Area H seat and the Mayor’s job. The battle over the Area H director’s seat could be a hard fought campaign between incumbent Brad Hope and former alternate Charles Weber. There are lines in the sand being drawn as signs are showing up in peoples’ yards. I am sure I am not the only one who is anticipating seeing these two candidates face off at the forum. Then, there is the race for the big chair. Incumbent Randy McLean has been challenged by retired businessman Fred Thomas. Fred has come out swinging with a campaign office opening, a website and of course, signs. This is a race to watch. Randy is not new to the pressures of elections and has been mayor for the past 6 years and was a councillor and mayor previously as well. I think the mayor’s race will come down to who provides the best answers at the all candidates forum and good old fashioned campaigning.

I don’t want to dismiss the race for the four councillor seats. After all, there are six people vying for the four spots meaning, we could have an upset and two new councillors joining the ranks. The all candidates forum will be a key moment for the councillor positions. The candidates who perform the best should also perform well in the election. Any way you look at it, this should be a good race. We have some great candidates running for all positions and some very passionate people trying to win those seats. Will they be able to get their message to the people and have it connect?

I want to urge everyone to go out to the all candidates forum, and if you have a question for the candidates or a candidate, try to get your question asked. If you see a candidate knocking on doors or campaigning, stop them and ask them any questions you may have. The candidates will try and get their message out to you, but try and educate yourself as well. Most importantly, remember to vote on November 19th. You are voting for the next three years of our community so don’t sit by and hope that everyone else does the right thing. You need to go out and mark an X for the candidates you think will do the best job.


Just Posted

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

Princeton’s Spotlight wins two provincial awards for excellence

Publisher takes first place for investigative reporting

Princeton GSAR responds 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2020 the crew was called out 34 times, and members spent 721 hours on calls, and 683 hours training. Photo Princeton GSAR Facebook
Teen missing in Manning Park found after 24 hours

Young man spends night on mountain and survives with just a few scrapes

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Most Read