Penticton and South Okanagan
Penticton byelection this weekend
Sep 4, 2013 / 10:30 am
Penticton residents have heard from candidates and seen their signs on street corners around town for the last month.
On Saturday, they will finally get to vote for a new mayor and one councillor for the remainder of the current term.
The candidates for mayor are Garry Litke, Vic Powell and Brian Henningson.
Litke, a city councillor from 2006-2013 and the acting mayor from April to July 2013, defines himself as someone who listens, takes action and gets results on such issues as health and safety, families, tax dollars, jobs, housing and the environment.
Henningson, an oil patch worker, has said he is running because he wants to make a difference.
In a recent campaign statement he provided to the public, he said "I will not be led by the bureaucrats, and will always represent the best interest of the taxpayers of Penticton."
Powell, who served for 33 years with the communications branch of the Canadian Army before retiring from active duty in 1999, states his commitment to the taxpayers of the city is to provide honest and open leadership.
Council candidates are Katie Robinson, Andre Martin, Patrick Buchanan, Kevin Andrews and Lynn Kelsey.
Martin, the former general manager of the Penticton Herald, is focused on economic development, neighbourhood associations, youth engagement and the regional district.
While Robinson, a businesswoman and former councillor, has a vision that includes fiscal responsibility for taxpayers, establishing the city as the Canadian centre for wine, food and the arts and promoting business and the health care industry.
Buchanan, a longtime employee at Penticton Lock & Key, has served as a community volunteer and coach. He wants to see Penticton progress into the future as a place to live forever.
The people's advocate is what Kelsey calls herself. She supports smart growth, affordable housing and economic stability.
Andrews, a former school board trustee, has acknowledged he doesn't have a platform or agenda, but believes he can make a difference on council.
General voting day is Saturday, Sept. 7, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors' Drop-In Centre, 2965 South Main St.
A shuttle service will be provided from the bus stop located on Martin Street at Lakeshore Drive West, across the street from Gyro Park.
The shuttle will leave every hour on the hour commencing at 8 a.m., with the final shuttle leaving at 7 p.m.
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