New mayor for Lake Country – Kelowna Capital News

The 2022 municipal elections are just under a month away, but Lake Country already has its first new mayor in 17 years.

Former District Councilor Blair Ireland was acclaimed for the post after the only other candidate, Barry Rhodes, withdrew from the race.

“Barry has issues he would like to raise and it’s always best to get them out in the public and talk about them,” Ireland said. “And then Barry called me when he put in his paperwork to retire and we had a long talk.”

He added that it is not easy to stand for local elections.

“It’s a commitment and people do it to improve their community. I think Barry would do it for the same reasons.

Ireland has served on the board for eight years, representing Okanagan Centre. Current mayor James Baker announced in April that he would not run again. He said the issues facing Lake Country are the same as those faced by other communities in British Columbia.

“Roads, drinking water, infrastructure and local communities keep pace with growth. For the local government to keep up with the growth, it will cost taxpayers money. We must be very aware of this. »

Ireland added that there might be some residents who, given his time on the council, might think things will be the same as before.

“While I don’t want to criticize Mayor Baker, he has been a long-time mayor and has done a great job for this community over the years. But I’m not him, so there will absolutely be changes.

Two councilors also received acclaim, Cara Reed at Carr’s Landing and Todd McKenzie at Oyama. Seven candidates are vying for a general council position along with Okanagan Center and Winfield.

General voting day for municipal elections is October 15.

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