Former candidates unsure about upcoming city byelection
By Shannon Quesnel
Two more 2011 council candidates have said they are unsure about joining the upcoming 2013 municipal byelection.
(SHANNON QUESNEL /InfoTel Multimedia)
June 21, 2013 - 3:16 PM
PENTICTON - The 2013 Penticton byelection doesn't look like it will be as busy as the 2011 municipal election race.
Kevin Noonan and David Korinetz ran and lost in the 2011 general election that saw former mayor Dan Ashton in the top seat. Ashton is now an MLA and his vacancy means a byelection to replace him. Coun. Garry Litke has submitted his name for the mayoral race.
Noonan said many people have asked him to run but he is not sure. When he lived in Edmonton he worked on several big ticket election campaigns and was once asked to run for a riding. He said running for a Penticton council seat in 2011 was tough but he was upset with several issues and wanted to do something about it.
Korinetz is thinking about it. He said he didn't do very well in 2011. He ran because he wanted more jobs for young people so they could stay in the community. He works in education and graduating students have told him they can't stay here.
Election 2011 candidate Jason Cox said he will not run in the upcoming byelection. Same goes for Terry Yeatman.
Former mayoral candidate Jukka Lario has said he might run again. Katie Robinson went up against Ashton in 2011 and said she will run in either the mayoral or council race.
Calls went out to former 2011 candidates Jeannie Cavallo, Poonam Chahal, Frank Conci, David Greenwood, Randy Kirkoski, Gary Leaman and former councillor Mike Pearce but were not returned at time of publishing.
Other than Litke only Lynn Kelsey has said publicly she will run for a council seat. She ran and lost in 2011.
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