Caroline King


Caroline King

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Candidate for City Councillor

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Caroline King

Contact Information

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Personal Information

Resident of: Campbell Creek/Deloro
Age: 49
Current Occupation: Retired Registered Care Aid

Political Experience:

I ran in the 2017 Kamloops bi-election placing 9th out of 21 candidates. I have always had a passion for politics and have been an active volunteer with various organizations for decades.

Biography

I am the wife and mother of two boys aged 20 and 15 and my husband Mike is self-employed right here in Kamloops. I have lived in the Kamloops area for 39 years having moved to Logan Lake when I was 10 and Kamloops when I was 20. I have lived and owned homes in several different areas and one thing has stayed constant, Kamloops is my home and it's where I plan to retire.

I have been an active volunteer within the city that I love for the last two decades working closely with issues surrounding homelessness and addiction through various organizations.

I am best known for my work over the past 8 years in supporting Business and Investment opportunities within and around the Kamloops area and its work that I am deeply proud of.

External Page Links

CFJC Decision 2018: Council candidate Caroline King Click to Visit
CBC Kamloops City Council Candidate: Caroline King Click to Visit
TRUSU Caroline King – Kamloops Election 2018 Click to Visit
Kamloops Matters Kamloops election 2018: Caroline King on investing in neighbourhoods that are ‘forgotten or overlooked’ Click to Visit

Endorsements

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A LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT.
To the Great People of Kamloops,
I have lived in Kamloops since 1970. In that time I have seen our city grow. Kamloops is a great place to live. I have had my business here for over forty years and have done very well locally. My company has always tried to be a strong corporate citizen, helping various organizations here in Kamloops. Over the past four or five years, I have become increasingly concerned about the anti-business sentiment coming from our current city council. Current city council doesn’t seem to have a vision of where or how they would like to see our city develop and grow. I hear lots of rhetoric about bringing good clean high tech jobs to our community. That would be great, but we are in competition with every other community in the world for those jobs. So why would those type employers locate in our city when we consistently demonstrate an unwillingness to work with potential employers? It is time for a change on our City Council. I have met with Carol King and found her to be a woman of great passion for making things better for the people in Kamloops. She has a vision for Kamloops. “Getting to Yes”. While others talk she takes action. She has taken it upon herself to get dirty needles off the streets. She understands both the needs of Business and the plight of people struggling to get by. I am strongly endorsing Carol King for City Council. The time is now for a real change locally. Finally, whether you agree with me or not, get out and vote. Our city is worth your time and energy.
Sincerely Ralph Warner
Warner Rentals LTD.

Ralph Warner, Warner Rentals LTD Kamloops (Website)

I fully support Caroline King for Kamloops City Council. I can't think of anyone who works harder or loves her city more than Caroline and Kamloops would be lucky to have such a strong voice at the horseshoe.

Marlene Brown, Kamloops resident

Answers to Questions from the Public

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Julie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

After having lived in more than a few cities, I have found Kamloops lacking in many different areas such as transit, road maintenance, traffic flow, taxis (very big issue!) and pedestrian accessibility. Have you taken into account these issues and what are your solutions be timeline?

Thank you,

Julie


Caroline King Answered

I am a supporter of rideshare and Uber because it will open up the market and provide more availability to users. I also feel that the current state of our roads is something that should be a top priority in our transit needs.

Oct 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Leslie asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What are your thoughts on accountability and transparency and Council decisions made behind closed doors?

Far too often it appears that decisions are taken 'in camera' because the Community Charter ALLOWS the topic to be taken behind closed doors, not because the discussion/decision HAS to be taken behind closed doors.
(The Community Charter is clear on which topics must be discussed in private and which may be discussed in private, leaving a lot of leeway for lack of transparency.)


Caroline King Answered

Accountability and transparency are important but I would think that there would times where closed doors meetings would be equally as important in order to sort out information and facts.

Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Dick Stewart asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What was their previous Job ? or employment ?


Caroline King Answered

I have worked in office administration, Palliative care, home care am a business owner and active street volunteer.

Oct 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Jayne Trent asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Are you for, against, or undecided about land application of biosolids? If you are undecided will do you plan on taking what ever advice city staff puts forward to council or will you be doing your own independent research?


Caroline King Answered

At this time I remain undecided. My husband comes from a farming background and biosolids have long been used in the industry. The new research is what I am concerned with and sorting that out is something I continue to work on.

Oct 12, 2018 at 12:58 am

Darryl Schmidt asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

If your campaign had a theme song, what would it be?


Caroline King Answered

Confident by Demi Levato

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Nevin Webster asks the City Councillor Candidates

What is something that costs less than $10 a month that you think the current city council should utilize to improve Kamloops starting today?


Caroline King Answered

Gosh, that isn't much money, is it 🙂 Well $10 a month would buy back 200 used discarded needles and keep them out of the parks, playgrounds and streets 🙂 It's not popular but it works!

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Megan Mcfadyen asks the Mayor Candidates

Do you have any sort of plan or interest in developing a plan to address the trains idling for extended periods of time?


Caroline King Answered

I am not sure that this is something that could be addressed at the civic level.

Sep 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

William Turnbull asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

Why do you want to be elected?


Caroline King Answered

I have been involved in the political arena for some time and want to do more for my city.

Sep 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Bryce asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

British Columbians are actually heading to two polls this year, municipal and we also have the mail-in referendum on Proportional Representation.

What's your position on Proportional Representation and why? Should Kamloops also consider some sort of electoral reform for municipal to ensure each area/neighbourhood of Kamloops gets equitable representation on council? Perhaps even lowering the municipal voting age to 16 to get youth more engage.


Caroline King Answered

I am not a fan of Proportional Representation at the provincial level because I worry that without a majority government it would be difficult if not impossible to get anything done. I also worry that the interior would be stuck with Vancouver's choice year after year and while I may be wrong on that, it's something I can't get past. I will have to look into this closer at the civic level before I could answer that. I like the idea of lowering the municipal voting age.

Aug 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor, School Trustee Candidates

What do you see as the single most important issue facing Kamloops right now?
What are your ideas for managing or overcoming this issue?


Caroline King Answered

I see a few issues facing Kamloops at this time but for the purpose of this question, I am going to focus on what I am doing now.
Kamloops like many other cities across BC is in the midst of a homelessness and addiction crisis and that crisis has caused an unimaginable amount of recklessly discarded needles in our parks, playgrounds, and beaches etc. I decided to put to the test a theory I had as a long time community volunteer and healthcare worker wherein I would incentivize used sharps in the same way we do pop cans. The results were immediate with businesses, law enforcement, and outreach agencies reporting an immediate shift in behavior. My partner Dennis and I have collected over 10,000 used sharps beginning June 20th and the data we have collected is being shared with city officials from several communities. I have never been someone who can sit and do nothing and just as I have been a tireless advocate for the industry sector, I am also a strong advocate for persons at risk and community safety. I believe we can do more and we can do it better together.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

Are there any specific ways that you can see that the city can better serve the business community?


Caroline King Answered

Kamloops has a business and industry tax rate that is in some cases 3 and 4 times higher than our neighboring communities. If we expect to be able to compete for those new investors and new industries currently coming online, we should be seeking ways to either reduce or freeze those rates.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What are the most important changes to the budget that you'd like to see?


Caroline King Answered

The snow removal budget is receiving an increase for the coming year but I have my doubts that the projected 400,000 will even come close to what is needed. I recognize that increasing budgets often means an increase in homeowner taxes and that's never popular with the taxpayer.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor, Mayor Candidates

What additions or improvements would you like to see to the recreational offerings in Kamloops?


Caroline King Answered

I think Kamloops has some really great recreational offerings but I worry about the recent take away's from neighborhoods. McDonald Park pool removal had a pretty big impact on that neighborhood and while the new splash park has picked up some of the slack, it's still a noticeable void. I think there should be a renewed focus on supporting neighborhood parks and outdoor spaces, those are the things that tend to make communities desirable.

Aug 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Kamloops Voter asks the City Councillor Candidates

Do you consider yourself:
A) Leader
B) Team player
C) Lone wolf

Explain


Caroline King Answered

I consider myself a leader, as well as a team player and I, think both of those are important qualities to have. I think the goal should always be to work as a team to come to better solutions that suit all of Kamloops but in the absence of support perhaps it's important to know how to take initiative on your own.
My needle buy-back trial is a good example of what can be done with or without city support.