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Election Connection: conflict re-emerges between Walter Gray and Kelowna gay community

Signs posted at Walter Gray's campaign office in Kelowna early Tuesday morning. (Jackie Sharkey/CBC)
Walter Gray is running to reclaim the office he lost to Sharon Shepherd in 2005.

But clearly there are some who are less than thrilled by the prospect of his return.

Overnight Tuesday, his campaign office was papered with signs that blocked part of his name to spell "Water Gay," and below, a hand-written sign read "represent everyone"

The perpetrators have not been identified, but Gray has a history of run-ins with the Okanagan Queer community.

In 1997 he refused to use the word "pride" in his "Gay and Lesbian Day" proclamation. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled that was discriminatory. Mayor Gray's response was to stop making any civic proclamations, a move current mayor Sharon Shepherd has since reversed.

Daybreak managed to catch up with the former mayor. Here's what he had to say about the controversy, and how it might play out in his election campaign.

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