Citizens ponder election bids

Marty Bootsma, Former mayor - Observer file photo
Marty Bootsma, Former mayor
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More than one person is pondering a run for the mayor’s chair.

Mayor Nancy Cooper told the Observer in December that she would definitely be seeking re-election in the November municipal election.

As rumours have been circulating about other potential candidates, the Observer did a quick survey.

Former mayor Marty Bootsma said it’s too early to make a decision.

“I look at the landscape when the time comes.”

Asked if he’s considering running, he said: “I haven’t ruled it out, put it that way.”

Okanagan Shuswap MP and former Salmon Arm mayor Colin Mayes also told the Observer late last year that he hasn’t yet decided what he’s going to do. He hasn’t ruled out another shot at mayor, nor at re-election as MP.

Former city councillor and previous mayoralty candidate Kevin Flynn says it’s too early to know, but if he were to run, it most likely wouldn’t be for mayor.

“It’s unlikely I’d consider doing either… I don’t know what I want to do but I’m enjoying focusing on my business.”

A man who works with numbers, he sums up his intentions this way: “It’s less than 50 per cent that I’m going to run for anything. I will rule out almost 99 per cent running for mayor…”

Coun. Debbie Cannon said she hasn’t made a decision yet about the next election.

“I have a few things I have to think about whether I run for council or maybe even consider running for mayor.”

Two city councillors are certain what they’ll be doing in November.

Both Alan Harrison and Denise Reimer say they’ll be seeking re-election as city councillors.

Coun. Ken Jamieson also said it’s likely he will seek re-election.

“There’s a good chance I will be and that will be decided in the coming months. If I were to run, it would be for council. I would never apply for a job I don’t want,” he said, smiling, with regard to the mayor’s position.

Coun. Chad Eliason said he has no idea yet what he’ll be doing in the fall. The agenda he set nine years ago of things he wanted to accomplish is nearly complete, he says.

His three main goals were curbside recycling, sustainable funding for trails and turning Salmon Arm into a college town. He notes the land donation for the college is an important step.

Marg Kentel said she doesn’t know yet what she’ll be doing.

“I haven’t even thought that far ahead – we’ve still got a lot to do.”


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