Elia steps aside for new candidates

Coun. Sam Elia will not run for re-election on Summerland's municipal council this fall.

When Summerlanders go to the polls on Nov. 19, they will elect at least one newcomer to municipal council.

Coun. Sam Elia, who had initially put his name forward, withdrew his nomination before the Oct. 21 cutoff.

He said the reason for his decision to withdraw was because of the quality of the incumbents and new candidates who had declared themselves.

“I’m really comfortable with the people who have come forward. I wanted to let someone else have an opportunity,” he said.

Elia was elected to council in 2009, along with two other first-time councillors, Jim Kyluik and Lloyd Christopherson. Another councillor, Gordon Clark, had served in the past, but not in the 2005 to 2008 council term.

Elia said the dynamics around the council table were positive and each member brought unique strengths to the table.

“As a group, we got a lot of stuff done,” he said.

Elia said the next council will have to focus on ways to help the local economy.

The changing demographics of the community, with an aging population, will also prevent special challenges to the new council, he said.

The council, once elected, will serve a three-year term.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Crews building structure at former Summerland train station site

West Summerland Station will pay tribute to railway history, serve as trail marker

$30,000 over 30 weeks for local causes

Send us your good stories and you could win money for your favourite cause

Additional Penticton washrooms open in time for weekend

Washrooms at Riverside, Skaha Lake Park, Okanagan Lake Park, more, now open

Tap Truck Okanagan launches as first location in Canada

The business is built on a restored 1957 Chevy panel van and ready to serve craft beer on tap, wine or cider

First day back; attending elementary school amid COVID-19

“… Social connections are certainly important for kids,” said Carmi principal Dave Ritchie.

VIDEO: B.C. dentist gets grand welcome home after two months in hospital fighting COVID-19

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Most Read