MLA makes good on by-election promise

MLA Dan Ashton has fulfilled his promise to cover the costs of the recent by-election held in Penticton.

Following a brief speech at Monday's council meeting, where he touched on difficult decisions he made as mayor, he handed over a cheque for $32,000.

"During my time as mayor I had to make changes," he said. "In good conscience, I cannot accept imposing additional expense on taxpayers."

Ashton further  praised city staff describing them as hard working and dedicated and their job as challenging.

Ashton resigned from council in early June, after winning the Penticton riding in the May election.

During his campaign he promised to pay by-election costs up to $35,000.

The by-election was subsequently held on Sept. 7.

Garry Litke was elected mayor and Katie Robinson was elected to fill Litke's councillor seat. 

Litke described getting the cheque as great.

"It was a promise that he made, that he now has kept," he said.



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