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Basran makes it official

After months of speculation Colin Basran has made if official.

Saying he wants a brighter future for his two young children and a place where his parents can retire in comfort, Basran announced his intention to run for mayor of Kelowna on Tuesday morning.

"We all want to see a better tomorrow," said Basran whose announcement came just weeks after current mayor, Walter Gray announced he would not seek another term.

Basran said he chose now to announce his candidacy partly because of superstition.

He says he was first to announce his candidacy for council three years ago and wanted to be first out of the gate this time.

"This is a major decision but I believe our city can's already a great place...but I believe it is on the cusp of even greater things," said Basran.

"Was it a tough decision? Absolutely it was a tough decision. At the end of the day, the way I see it, life's too short. I want to lead this community so I'm going to jump in with both feet."

At 36 years old and with less than three full years as a councillor Basran says age and lack of political experience should not be deterrents in his bid for the city's top political job.

He told more than 100 supporters gathered to hear the announcement that he has gained much of the necessary experience through several committee appointments.

Basran sits on the Airport Advisory Committee, Joint Water Committee, the Regional District and Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel.

As for a platform, Basran says he is not ready to talk specifics except to say he is happy with the way the city is moving and would like to continue that momentum.

He also said creating an environment for entrepreneurs to thrive in our city is going to be important.

"There are certain ways to do that like keeping business taxes low and offering incentives for development downtown. Having a safe and healthy community with good amenities, but also being careful where our tax dollars are being spent," said Basran.

"Today was just essentially to put the speculation to rest and to say I am formally announcing I am running for mayor."

None of Basran's current council colleagues attended Tuesday's announcement.

Voters in Kelowna go to the polls to elect a new council November 15.


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