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Summerland councillor candidates share their values with public

13 names on ballot for role of councillor in Oct. 15 election
There are 13 councillor candidates and two mayoral candidates in the upcoming 2022 Summerland local government election. On Oct. 15, voters will choose one mayor and six councillors to serve for the next four years. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland’s 13 candidates for municipal councillor roles spoke to voters at a candidate forum on Sept. 20.

The forum was held at Centre Stage Theatre in advance of the municipal election on Oct. 15.

The candidates include four incumbents, a former Summerland councillor and the present Summerland mayor who is seeking election to a councillor role.

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Incumbent Marty Van Alphen is seeking his third term on council.

“I bring the ability to problem solve,” he said, adding that he is able and wlling to listen to the public.

Nick Redding said he has heard concerns from people in the community and promised to be a voice for the people. He said he will use common sense and bring a willingness to work with everyone.

Incumbent Richard Barkwill said his background as a certified public accountant will keep him focussed on expenses on council.

Mark Smed is making his third attempt at a councillor seat.

“I have a keen interest in serving and giving back to the community,” he said.

Adrienne Betts, co-owner of Granny’s Café and Bakery, said she will bring a sense of fairness and equity to the council table.

Doug Loepp said he has a desire to serve the community.

“I love the community spirit here and I would love to be part of the future of Summerland,” he said.

Brad Besler also spoke of his commitment to the community.

“I love Summerland and I care about its future,” he said. “ I will listen to us and I will use common sense.”

Peter Bognar said he has been active within the Okanagan. He said he wishes to advocate for Summerland’s seniors.

Blair Parker spoke of his ties to the community.

“I have a strong bond to Summerland and a commitment to Summerland,” he said.

Summerland mayor Toni Boot said there is much work to be done in Summerland, including addressing housing, infrastrucutre and adapting to climate change.

“The work of building a healthy and resilient community is never done,” she said.

Incumbent Doug Patan said he sees roads, the aquatic centre and affordable housing as priorities for the community.

Former Summerland councillor Janet Peake said she has previously served in roles as a councillor and mayor in Ontario.

“I have a lot of experience in working with municipal government,” she said. “I care about the people who live here.”

Incumbent Erin Trainer said Summerland council has accomplished much over the past term, including navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election will be held on Oct. 15. A mayor and six councillors will be elected to serve for the next four years.

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John Arendt

About the Author: John Arendt

John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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