A NewsKamloops editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
HOW ARE the other parties supposed to generate any excitement in Kamloops-North Thompson when all the focus over the next few weeks will be on the Liberal nomination?
The B.C. Liberals now have two high-profile candidates seeking the nomination in the riding as Mayor Peter Milobar confirmed Monday morning he’ll challenge North Kamloops Business Improvement Association executive director Steven Puhallo.
As an indication of his record on the north side of the river, Milobar made his announcement in the parking lot of the McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre.
Milobar has a name-recognition advantage over Puhallo, but both will claim to have their finger on the pulse of the North River. Puhallo grew up there, and Milobar — though he lives on the South Shore — will point to his experience as a past chair of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
This should prove an interesting battle. Aside from what they each can bring to the table for the riding, they have very different credentials. Milobar has a proven track record in getting elected several times in Kamloops civic politics, but Puhallo has an edge in Liberal pedigree.
His party experience goes back to 2001 when he was a special assistant to the B.C. government whip, then a ministerial assistant, then a regional party organizer in the Interior and North.
That resume, which will have brought him a lot of connections within the party plus an intimate knowledge of provincial campaigning, will stand him in good stead when it comes to selling party memberships.
And memberships are what party nominations are all about. The candidate who sells the most, wins the nomination.
So while Milobar is the more recognizable by the general public, Puhallo should be able to match him in the membership race.
That’s what will make it a hard-fought nomination, and will overshadow the other parties, who can't muster such high-profile candidates for their nominations.
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Allan Dubbs says:
September 13, 2016 06:20pm
September 8, 2016 01:27pm
Pierre Filisetti says:
September 6, 2016 11:38pm
By having well thought out and well articulated policy alternatives.
Not easy, when even the upper echelons do not seem to be able to move past vagueness and platitudes.