Tom Dyas wants change. So much so that he’s throwing his name into the election ring.
On Wednesday, one of the worst-kept secrets in the Okanagan was revealed when Dyas officially announced that he’s seeking to become Kelowna’s next mayor.
Dyas made the announcement at 11:30 a.m., at Roxby Square in Rutland.
“Today is a turning point for me. The time is right for me, and my family, as my business can now allow me to take on this new role,” Dyas said in a press release. “As a (Kelowna Chamber of Commerce) director for the past eight years, and president for the last two years, I have an in-depth knowledge of the current issues facing our community and a proven track record of working through tough issues.”
Dyas said stronger leadership is needed in City Hall to make better progress on key issues.
“I feel we can do better. I believe by entering this election more serious discussions on the major issues will ensue. The community will be benefactor, as the issues will be covered with much more in-depth discussion and community input.”
The top five civic items on Dyas’s list are:
- Financial accountability for city spending and tax hikes
- Citizen safety and homelessness in the downtown core
- Transportation and infrastructure
- Water management
- Sustainable, managed growth.
For more about Dyas, his election website is tomdyas.com.
The news means that there’s now five people running for mayor: incumbent Colin Basran plus candidates Josh A. Hoggan, Bobby Kennedy and Bob Schewe.
Dyas’s press release added that he will be travelling to Quebec City today, with his son, Lyndon, for a Chambers of Commerce group insurance plan award. Notably, though, it stated he will be attending the wedding of a Kelowna sports figure in Montreal.