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Who's running for council

A lot can happen between now and the October deadline for candidates to file nomination papers for the municipal election.

That being said, with less than four months to file, it appears there may be only one open seat on West Kelowna Council.

Veteran councillor, Gord Milsom, announced a month ago he would not be running for re-election while Mayor Doug Findlater has long stated he intends to seek a third term.

With that in mind, Castanet News recently contacted the remaining five councillors to determine their November intentions.

The following are their replies.

Rick de Jong: At this point in time I am planning to run for re-election to Council.

David Knowles: Barring major unforeseen circumstances, I can hardly wait to run for re-election!

Duane Ophus: I expect to make my decision about running again by the end of summer. Lots of things to think about not the least of which is that the next term will be for four years.

Bryden Winsby: At this point I fully intend to seek re-election. We’ve done much of the foundational work during the municipality’s first seven years; more heavy lifting lies ahead as we set about implementing the many master plans that have been prepared. Much of the ‘lifting’ will involve tough financial decisions as several of the plans have hefty price tags, related to the upgrading and expansion of municipal infrastructure.

Carol Zanon: Yes, I plan to run again in the November election. It's an exciting challenge, I want to participate in the decisions and opportunities that lie in the future of our community.

Councillors Ophus, Knowles and Zanon have all been on council since day one seven years ago.

After an unsuccessful bid for the mayor's chair in 2007, Winsby was elected to council a year later.

Councillor de Jong is completing his first term.

Election day in Nov 15.

All those running for seats will be seeking a four year term as opposed to the previous three year mandates.

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