Castanet Kamloops asks what your top election issues are

Top civic election issues?

Sydney Chisholm

The municipal election is around the corner, and as council and mayoral candidates enter the final stretch of campaigning, Kamloops residents are deciding who should get their vote.

Castanet Kamloops was at Thompson Rivers University’s Grand Hall for Wednesday's all-candidates forum asking voters this question: What are the top issues you are considering when deciding who to vote for?

Many residents said the state of city streets is a top priority for them.

“The issues that I'm considering are the addiction, you know, everything to do with addiction, the people on our streets, cleaning up our streets,” one man said.

Another resident said social issues were her top priority — which includes the homeless population but doesn’t end there.

“Including what's happening on our streets and in neighbourhoods, but also in our schools,” she told Castanet Kamloops.

“I think we need to have more of our council working with our school district and other ministries as kind of a big hub to deal with all these different systemic problems.”

Others said a greener future was the way to their vote.

“I want to see how the city is adapting climate change plans, as circumstances and global events change,” A resident said.

“I want to see how that functions in our landscaping, for example, and our food security and our walkability and livability — sustainability.”

One man said he didn’t really care about the issues as much as he cared about the candidates' character.

“What do you stand for as a person — not about policy, but like, who are you as a person?” a man said.

“That's the most important thing to me. That’s it, thats how I see it.”

Two advanced polling stations are open on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Election day is Oct. 15.

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