Perrino seeking Liberal candidacy

Summerland's mayor joins race for B.C. Liberal party nomination for Penticton riding.

Another candidate has entered the race for the Liberal candidacy in the Penticton riding.

On Monday, Janice Perrino put her name forward.

“This has been a decision that I’ve thought about a great deal and realized this is an opportunity that rarely comes along,” she said. “I have always admired the work and success of our two MLAs, Rick Thorpe and Bill Barisoff, and the BC Liberal party. I realize that what interests me the most is the opportunity to work with a strong team and help the party revitalize itself.”

Perrino is in her second term as mayor of Summerland and she has also been a Summerland municipal councillor.

She works as the director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation and during the past seven years has helped to raise more than $15 million for medical equipment purchases.

She said her goal if elected to serve as MLA for the riding would be to ensure the communities in the riding are treated fairly.

“I will make sure we work with the province to have our fair share of funding opportunities and grants for infrastructure projects,” she said.

“In particular, funding for our new hospital expansion that is desperately needed and long overdue must be secured.”

At present, Perrino is the third declared nominee.

The others are Connie Denesiuk and Mark Ziebarth.

On Oct. 20, Liberal party members in the riding will select the candidate to represent the party in the next provincial election.

 

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