On Oct. 20, Kamloops residents will pick one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees. The ballot will have two mayoral candidates, 21 councillor candidates and 10 school trustee candidates. There are also 21 candidates running in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
KamloopsMatters has sent out a list of questions to those vying for a seat in public office. Today, we feature Alison Klie, the youngest candidate on the ballot.
Name: Alison Marie Klie
Running for: City councillor
Number of years lived in Kamloops: 25
Current neighbourhood: Pineview
Reason community would recognize your name: I've lived here my entire life and have connected with a lot of people.
What is the most important issue facing Kamloops, and how do you propose to deal with it?
Kamloops has become a donut where the middle is hollow. We need to focus on rebuilding the core of Kamloops.
How should Kamloops address the issue of crime in the city?
There seems to be a major connection to rising crime and drug use in Kamloops. We should be reassessing our programs and policies that correspond with these issues. There should be more follow-up programs and I would like to see more RCMP members in Kamloops. I would like to know if our harm reduction program is enabling this behaviour or helping drug users recover.
What is your specific reason for running?
I was born and have lived in Kamloops my entire life. I have seen the way the city has changed and I want to help it improve. Downtown Kamloops is beautiful and should be the pride and joy of our city but in the past few years, it has become a less and less desirable place to spend your time. I want to change that, and do what I can to revitalize the Kamloops core. I also want to work on developing a more open dialogue between the council and the citizens of Kamloops. Too many times have I learned too late about issues being decided upon in our city, and when I do look for more information, it is not as accessible as it should be. I believe public satisfaction would increase with public engagement. I’m just an ordinary working citizen, I have no personal business or other motives for running beside wanting to make my home a better place.
Where can the city spend less?
I think a full reassessment of our current budget needs to be done. That way we can see where our money is going and find out if it is being used effectively. Once that is finished, cuts and spending could be relocated as needed.
Where should the city be investing more?
I believe the city should be investing more in publicly funded projects that would bring in more business and money. Things like building our own parkades so that the city will collect the parking fees and more projects like the failed performing arts centre that would have brought tourism and business to our city.
What new business or feature would you like to see in Kamloops?
I was very much in support of the performing arts centre. I would love to see another project of that scope and believe a new concert house is long overdue. I would also like to see a new water park; Kamloops has incredible summers and would be a prime location for vacationers and tourists.
Next time you’re walking in the woods and you come face-to-face with a Sasquatch, what do you do?
Wave hello and see if he wants to join me for a snack. We would then bond over granola bars and I would promise to bring him more the next day. We’d become the best of friends.
If the next city council does something film-worthy, who would play you in the film?
Definitely Rebel Wilson.
Complete the sentence...
When I’m not at home or at work, you can find me:...at High Octane Comics.
The most random, yet interesting fact about me is: I have more Lego than you do
My favourite beverage is: My homemade bellinis
For Christmas/Hanukkah/the gift-giving season, I would like: A puppy
The best park in/near to Kamloops is: Pioneer Park
If Kamloops didn’t exist, I’d be living in: Salmon Arm
When I need some pump-up music, I listen to: Kesha and similar upbeat and awesome female artists