James Kay is first out of the gate.
The former development engineering manager with the City of Kelowna is the first non-incumbent to formally declare his candidacy for city council.
Kay announced Wednesday morning he will seek one of the eight councillor seats when voters elect a new municipal government in October.
Running a campaign focused on "Putting Kelowna Residents First," Kay says the city needs to focus on sustainability with a renewed focus on growing revenues, reducing costs, and ensuring resources go to the areas most needed, including the infrastructure to support growth.
"I'm running to ensure Kelowna continues on a path of responsible growth," says Kay.
"We need to make sure we can provide the services, facilities and infrastructure that residents need, and prioritize investments that will make a positive difference to all Kelowna residents... all while getting the best value for our money."
Kay grew and operated several small businesses before moving inside of city hall where he served as the city's development engineering manager from 2016 to 2021.
He believes his civil engineering and infrastructure background puts him in a good position to provide "knowledgeable leadership" when it comes to the city's most pressing needs.
"Local government provides the most direct opportunity for people to make change.
"The more of us involved, the better we'll be able to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead."
You can get more information at jameskay4kelowna.ca.