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With less than four days to go until the official period closes to file nomination papers to run in the Oct. 20 municipal election, there’s now a logjam of 11 candidates running to win the six seats on Penticton Council.
Incumbents Judy Sentes, Campbell Watt and Max Picton have officially filed their nomination papers as of Monday afternoon and will be seeking re-election.
The deadline to file nomination papers for elected office in this Friday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.
Incumbent Penticton Counc. Tarik Sayeed announced last week he would not be seeking re-election as he’s recently accepted a new job that is going to involve a lot of travel.
Incumbent Andre Martin has also announced he will not be seeking another term.
Incumbent Helena Konanz announced earlier this summer that she would be leaving municipal politics to pursue her ambitions to become Member of Parliament for the federal riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay (SOWK).
Two weeks ago, Konanz was officially declared as the Conservative Party candidate in SOWK and will be opposing NDP incumbent Richard Cannings in the 2019 federal election next fall.
Incumbent Mayor Andrew Jakubeit announced several months ago he would be seeking re-election.
Three weeks ago, Jason Cox a well-known Penticton business owner and three-time president of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, announced his candidacy to become mayor of Penticton.
Last week, well-known business owner John Vassilaki, who was a member of council for 12 years over four terms, announced on the steps of City Hall that he would also be seeking the mayor’s chair in October.
The other local residents who have announced their candidacy to win a seat on Penticton Council include Karen Louise Brownless, Daryl Clarke, Joe Frocklage, Isaac Joseph Gilbert, Doug Maxwell, Marie Prior and Frank Regehr.
PentictonNow will be conducting interviews with all of those seeking a seat on Council in the coming weeks.