Penticton and South Okanagan
Sep 6, 2013 / 3:43 pm
The Penticton byeection to elect a new mayor and city councillor will take place Saturday.
There are three candidates for mayor and five for the council seat.
Here is a look at the candidates' backgrounds and issues of greatest concern to them, going into the weekend by-election.
Henningson, an oil patch worker, describes himself as a regular guy who just wants to make a difference.
Most of his complaints are aimed at federal and provincial politicians, but he also has problems with what goes on at the municipal level, such as the amount of money spent to improve the waterfront along Lakeshore Drive.
He claims, he will not be led by the bureaucrats, but will always represent the best interest of the taxpayers of Penticton.
Litke most recently served as the acting mayor from April to July, following the resignation of Dan Ashton, who is now MLA for the area.
Prior to that, he was a councillor from 2006 to 2013.
The long-time resident of the Okanagan, has been involved in the field of education for more than 30 years and is a member of the RDOS board.
Litke was active in bringing the expansion to Penticton Regional Hospital and sat on the pool steering committee, to ensure the pool expansion at the community centre was on time and on budget.
He has further worked to trim the city budget, ensure city employees remain at the community centre and was the only councillor to oppose a correctional facility within Penticton.
Prior to moving to Penticton, Powell served 33 years with the communications branch of the Canadian Army, retiring from active duty in 1999.
In the last five years of his service, he was superintendent of communications for National Defense Headquarters for Ottawa and Hull, which included responsibilities for the support units throughout Europe.
His commitment to the taxpayers of Penticton is to provide honest and open leadership. He believes the election should focus on one issue: fiscal responsibility.
He will focus on maintaining and improving existing infrastructure, water, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, roads and parks, not the trend of expensive projects, he says.
Andrews is a former school board trustee, longtime resident of Penticton and worker in the health field.
When it comes to tourism, Andrews believes linking up with other communities will draw people here.
He has shared he doesn't have a platform or agenda, but believes he can make a difference on the council.
Buchanan is a 34- year resident of Penticton. He is employed at Penticton Lock & Key and has been active as a community volunteer and volunteer coach.
The Penticton Secondary School graduate and three time Canadian Ironman finisher, has a vision for the city and wants to see it progress into the future as a place to live forever.
He believes in dedication, strong work habits and that families are the strongest asset of a community to maintain growth.
Kelsey is a woman support worker and former safe home coordinator at SOWINS. She has also served as a volunteer and master trainer for the Canadian Diabetes Association and a Patient Voices Network patient advocate for change in health care.
She describes herself as a people's advocate, running for truth, trust and transparency.
If elected, she will be an advocate for a living wage in Penticton, positive change in the health care system, including expansion at Penticton Regional Hospital, and affordable housing for young families and singles.
Martin was the general manager of the Penticton Herald for more than 20 years. He now has his own consulting business and is a chair with TEC Canada and co-owner of a delivery business.
He believes in promoting and supporting the community, and is currently president of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.
He is focused on economic development and wants to ensure the hospital expansion brings in additional opportunities for research facilities.
Also of concern is neighbourhood associations, youth engagement, to engage youth in the civic process, and investigating the amalgamation of the city and nearby region of the Okanagan Similkameen Regional District.
Robinson is a longtime businesswoman and a former city councillor from 1990 to 1999.
She has also served as a RDOS director and president of the Peach Festival Society.
Her visions for Penticton are fiscal responsibility for residents' tax dollars, establishing the city as the Canadian centre for wine, food and the arts and promoting business, healthcare and tourism.
She is further focused on long term planning for senior and youth populations, ensuring an up to date emergency preparedness plan and assuring Penticton remains a healthy and safe community.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St.
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