Tuesday the 5th
Welcome to Kelowna Votes

KelownaNow has made the effort to sit down and conduct video interviews with every candidate in the upcoming election. No other media outlet has compiled such a resource and it's a centre-point for this one-stop election web portal. It's a place where you can learn about all of the mayoralty, council and trustee candidates in the Central Okanagan.

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Bobby Kennedy

Is an old adage many are familiar with, as well as a statement I choose to disagree with. Not only do I choose to be your friend and family, I choose to run for office in order to represent us all with leadership that respects, regards and values all who choose to make Kelowna home. I choose Kelowna because it is as genuine as it is first class. I hope you choose to elect Bobby Kennedy for Mayor October 20/2018 for the exact same reasons.


Website: https://bobbykennedy.ca/

Bob Schewe

Colin Basran

Leadership is about doing what’s right for the entire community. This principle guides me to not seek allegiance with any particular interest group. Rather, I’m committed to supporting a strong, progressive vision for all of Kelowna. To enable our city to prosper for generations to come.

Tom Dyas

Raising a family and running a successful business have always been the primary focus for Tom. With his family now grown and his business a family enterprise with a strong team, Tom has the capacity and the desire to turn his attention more fully to serving our Community and The City of Kelowna.


Website: https://www.tomdyas.com/

Recent tweets

July 5

We need to get together, provide leadership, and fix our aging community assets and infrastructure – like Prospera… https://t.co/Jis0jA9iCj

July 4

Hi Kelowna, my name's Tom Dyas and I'm running for Mayor. From a crime rate that's twice the national average, to… https://t.co/V7v1wddcX5

July 3

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Canada Day long weekend! Was great to stop by downtown Kelowna and join in on th… https://t.co/RJC4yOKeY0

June 29

Kelowna, my name is Tom Dyas and I’m running to be your next Mayor. Thank you to everyone who came out to our lau… https://t.co/otFD9ap9ME

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Graeme James

I have lived in the Okanagan since 1965 and have made Kelowna my home for the past 38 years. My wife, Jane-Marie, and I have raised three children in Kelowna.
I have a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Okanagan College and hold a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC. I am also a Journeyman tradesman. I have successfully run my own businesses in Kelowna (Glenmore Valley Greenhouses and Scenic View RV Park) for over 20 years. Most recently I was Construction Manager for multi-million dollar projects from BC to Newfoundland.


Website: http://taxpayersfirst.ca/

Recent tweets

October 3

Please join me in supporting the BC Conservative Party and join the Action Team #bccp http://t.co/5D4grBYC via @cumminsforbc

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Jeff Piattelli

Jeff Piattelli is a professional singer and guitarist out of Kelowna, B.C. He writes and performs original music while also playing his take on popular covers. Using live, on the spot looping and percussion, Jeff creates everything you hear right in front of you; filling out the room with his signature sound. His first album was a purely acoustic album, with timeless songs that fans still cherish to this day.


Website: http://www.jeffpiattelli.com/

Mohini Singh

Two-term incumbent city councillor Mohini Singh announced today she is seeking re-election to Kelowna City Council. “It has been a tremendous honor and opportunity for me to serve the citizens of Kelowna and bring their diverse perspectives and voices to the table. Although we have accomplished a lot during the past term, there is a significant amount of work left to be done to make our city the best mid-sized city in North America. I want Kelowna to be a city that is a safe and vibrant place to live, work, and play.”


Website: http://www.msingh.ca/

Stefanie Van Meeteren

Loyal Wooldridge

I believe that we need progressive leaders in our city who encourage a comprehensive complete community WITH a vibrant economy. As a Community Encourager I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with not for profit and business leaders and see the struggles of both sides. It’s time for our fiscal excellence to be balanced with a social conscious. I can use my experience to fuse both a business mind with a social heart.


Website: https://loyalkelowna.com/

Recent tweets

July 14

@gunsinger @cityofkelowna @ryandonn @KelownaMohini Thank you Cynthia. Our community is stronger when we see one ano… https://t.co/SNJsMCU9ht

June 18

@_LimeAID scooters should not block active mode transportation parking on St Paul. #accessibility https://t.co/KCgu4kObYf

June 3

Stand in solidarity with Indigenous people. https://t.co/APTeOmPqm8

June 2

Drop In Vaccines in Rutland. @Interior_Health https://t.co/vvN5O7iUrU

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Brad Sieben

I want to keep making a difference in my community. This is where I was born, where I grew up, where I choose to raise my family and where I have been involved in business. I want Kelowna to be a place where my children have opportunities when they are adults.


Website: http://www.bradsieben.com/

Recent tweets

August 18

@SNBradFay What a slugger! No ear flap!

April 21

@ryandonn Telus Thompson Okanagan community board work!

June 23

@ryandonn @OkanaganAnge @GrayforKelowna love the pianos!

June 23

@ryandonn @OkanaganAnge @GrayforKelowna

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Mark Boyer

Kelowna is so MUCH more than a holiday destination. It is a thriving city that requires strong guidance and management. I am Mark Boyer and I am running for City Council in Kelowna. I’m no stranger to making swift and tough choices while working in collaborative, results-based situations, and I look forward to bringing a fresh perspective and my great work ethic to work for this great city.

Dustin Sargent

Our community is key to building a successful future without neglecting our past or present, Dustin continues to look for ways to be a positive influence in all of his surroundings. He feels that by participating in such a diverse portfolio of interests since moving to Kelowna provides him the insight to work with and help balance the eclectic nature of our fastgrowing community.

Gail Given

Often described as clear-minded, honest and thorough, Gail is also a lifelong learner with a positive attitude and the resiliency necessary to adapt to rapidly changing environments. As a two-term City Councillor and current Regional District Board Chair, Gail Given is acutely aware of Kelowna’s current challenges and opportunities.


Website: http://www.gailgiven.com/

Wayne Carson


Greg Dahms

Mo Rajabally

Dr. Mo Rajabally arrived in Kelowna in 1976 from St. Catherines, Ontario to take a faculty position with Okanagan College. He is a graduate of the universities of
Ottawa, New York, and Washington State. In his earlier days in Kelowna, he served as a soccer coach and was president of the Mission Youth Soccer Association and was involved with several voluntary organizations.


Website: http://www.memoryfacebook.com/

Recent tweets

June 28

Former Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Dead at 55: 'We Are Saddened to Hear the News,' Band Says via @Yahoo https://t.co/qflLvJMygy

February 19

#Canadians Share Winter Tips With Texan Families For Surviving Brutal Cold https://t.co/R8WvnGsEwd https://t.co/n63vFhfLtL

January 29

#Tens of thousands of Republicans are fleeing from GOP in nationwide exodus after deadly Capitol riots https://t.co/kbQxQdWkYa

December 13

#Snowy owl brings excitement, sadness to P.E.I. woman via @Yahoo https://t.co/RaVsInYJpR

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Kevin Bond

Charlie Hodge

I am thankful to have been born and raised in the Okanagan Valley. Kelowna has been my home since 1962 and during the past 50 years I have seen tremendous growth and change in our beautiful city. I would like to again be a part of the important decision making process that entrenches Kelowna as a safe, prosperous, and desirable community in which to live.


Website: http://charliehodge.ca/

Lindsay Bell

Gord Lovegrove

Gord Lovegrove is passionate about sustainable communities, and is one of UBCO School of Engineering’s experts in applied sustainable civil engineering - he is currently working with the Canadian and American Societies of Civil Engineers (ASCE/CSCE) on the release of a new reference textbook for practitioners and students-alike on civil engineering practices "Toward Sustainable Communities" (working title).

Ryan Donn

A Scottish-born Canadian, Donn has lived in Kelowna for 22 years. Graduating from Rutland Secondary School, he obtained his diploma as Human Service Worker from Okanagan University College in 1999 and received the Okanagan College Young Alumni Award in 2010. 
 He works at Festivals Kelowna, owns a small business (Nudge Media), and lives in Kelowna with his wife, Kimberly, and two daughters.
Campaign Statement: I love Kelowna. If elected I will bring fresh, new, innovative ideas to Kelowna City Council.


Website: http://www.ryandonn.com/

Recent tweets

June 28

UBC supersizes new tower for downtown Kelowna campus | Urbanized https://t.co/yngj00oVbr

June 22

Checked out @kingtaps tonight in #kelowna . what a great new spot ready just in time for summer https://t.co/vxoZSzQP3e

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Luke Stack

Luke was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He was raised in a large family with four brothers and two sisters. He met his wife Anne in high school and married her in 1978. Luke has three adult children and four (very cute) grandchildren.


Website: http://www.lukestack.com/

Craig Hostland

Craig, 59, is a husband to Patti of 36 blissful years and lucky father of three grown professional daughters. He likes to work at his profession and spend time with his family or crouched over a good technical book. Craig has always taken on challenges as they present themselves, taking himself and Patti to the Arctic for 15 years then to the Okanagan in 1997 to help in running family businesses and his own businesses. Craig has always had time for higher responsibilities and pursuits including an MBA and PhD while running the businesses and is now free to run for Council.


Website: https://craigforcouncil.ca/

Amarjit Singh Lalli

Amarjit Singh Lalli was born September.6th, 1968 and moved to Kelowna from India in 1975. Though his first 4 years were filled with challenges due to adapting to a new country and many moves, he is now a grateful family man, successful entrepreneur, as well as a highly respected individual member of the community.

Recent tweets

April 16

@Vik_Bains @bhumi_pt @TD_Canada Congratulations Bhumi!

April 14

TD Plazza 33 celebrating Vaisakhi. Happy Vaisakhi to all that celebrate this day! https://t.co/r0rcYHv4Vh

March 9

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully AAP can fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people… https://t.co/1TFHvmcceR

February 21

Day 3 of "Enhancing Healthy and Vibrant Communities" Today's topic, power of change. Thank to @gsandhu87 for 3 inc… https://t.co/vLcfB5hOlI

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Maxine DeHart

Maxine will continue to work hard and focus on the issues facing our city: Creating a Healthy, Safe & Inclusive Community for all of our Citizens Further Developing Vibrant Downtown and Business Centres Ensuring that We Develop a Long-Term Diversified Housing Plan


Website: http://www.maxinedehart.ca/

Recent tweets

July 3

Friends of Fintry are hosting their summer fair this coming weekend. Read about it in Straight from DeHart on Wedne… https://t.co/KNO5CvLjf4

July 3

URBA is offering free mural walking tours. Read how you can attend in Straight from DeHart on Wednesday.… https://t.co/m5kMMLwVi8

July 3

The SpongeBob Musical presented by New Vintage Theatre is this week. Read how you can attend in Straight from DeHar… https://t.co/tAbVpR3Cfy

July 3

Canada Post has printed a Help for Ukraine Stamp. Read about this limited edition stamp in Straight from DeHart on… https://t.co/bwKVAXcCvF

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SD23 Trustees

Norah Bowman


Rolli Cacchioni

Rolli Cacchioni supports and will work for: Continued advocacy to the Ministry of Education for the provision of adequate, sustainable and predictable funding for our schools. Implementation of the BC Education Plan with its focus on individualized student learning plans and experiential learning to ensure the success of our students in the 21st century.

Terry Giesbrecht

Chelsea Frank

Julia Fraser

I believe, that as a trustee and a member of the Board of Education, our priority is to encourage student success and to ensure that every child in our care receives the supports necessary to reach their full potential. It is also critical that in the coming year, the School Board works to ensure the new funding model rolled out provides our School District with the flexibility to target resources to support our students and to meet the specific needs of our local communities.

Recent tweets

July 1

Happy Canada 🇨🇦 Day on Okanagan Lake! 🏊🛥 🌊 ⁣#HappyCanadaDay #HappyCanadaDay2022 #boatinglife #okanaganlake… https://t.co/5j0HhiEPjR

June 29

It is a wonderful way to end the 2021/22 school year by giving thanks to our hard working staff in the Operations D… https://t.co/DTrxGjkO1s

June 28

Congrats to all of the Indigenous 2022 Grads👩🏻‍🎓👨🏻‍🎓 in #sd23learns! Our grads were honoured at special ceremonies… https://t.co/rWdfPN9xn6

June 27

Celebrating the signing of the 8th Local Education Agreement with Westbank First Nations in their Council Chambers.… https://t.co/GFNzwyXGy9

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Joel Fraser

Joachim Nierfeld

Joachim Nierfeld, born and raised in Germany, immigrated to Canada in 2000 and made his permanent home in Kelowna, BC. Married for more than twenty years, Joachim and wife Kathleen, along with their son Nicholas (a grade 5 student of Anne McClymont Elementary) are active, contributing members to the community that has welcomed them so warmly. One of Joachim’s proudest moments was becoming a full Canadian citizen in 2008.


Website: http://votenierfeld.ca/

Peter Pagliocchini

My name is Peter Pagliocchini and I am running for Kelowna Area Trustee on the Central Okanagan School Board. I am proud to say that I have worked as a dedicated teacher in Kelowna for 34 years, with the majority of my career spent within School District 23. In June of 2013 I retired from the classroom but my passion for education has remained and my desire to improve the education system has been strengthened through my experiences.


Website: http://www.votemrp.com/

Recent tweets

September 18

All of the educational stakeholders need to have an equal voice at the School Board Table. Presently, only 3 trust… https://t.co/gMZ6lYxGza

May 20

Presently, we are strongly lobbying the City of Kelowna to expedite the completion date for the Rutland Centennial… https://t.co/7W4xeHMJUW

April 13

The Christy Clark Government: Balanced Budget at the Expense of the Poor, the Middle Class but… https://t.co/baDNRowzJT via @wordpressdotcom

April 10

The Christy Clark Government: Balanced Budget at the Expense of the Poor, the Middle Class but… https://t.co/baDNRowzJT via @wordpressdotcom

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Lee-Ann Tiede

She brings a fresh, inspired and global perspective to education. She understands our students, our schools and the important governance role of a Board of Education in our community. Let's keep her working as a School Trustee, so we can continue to grow the success of Central Okanagan Public Schools.


Website: http://www.voteleeann.com/

Stu Kyle

I don’t have all the answers but as a father of 3 and the 4th on the way, my wife and I of 12 years feel this is the best thing we can do to help our kids and yours.

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