Jakubeit tosses hat into mayoral race

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PENTICTON - Add Andrew Jakubeit to the list of mayoral candidates for the upcoming election, alongside fellow councillor John Vassilaki.

Jakubeit announced Tuesday morning he will run for mayor, which leaves another seat open around the council table.

He said his platform will centre on community pride, economic diversity, building a better relationship with the Penticton Indian Band, and ensuring City Hall is held accountable, accessible, reasonable and transparent.

The city’s power lies in the hands of city council, he says, and Penticton needs a strong leader to guide it to success. He wants to make Penticton a place where people want to—and can—raise their families.

“I’d rather be known as a politician who makes decisive decisions (even if from time to time not everyone agrees with it) than one who makes no decision at all,” he says.

There are now three open seats on council, since Jakubeit and Vassilaki will give theirs up in order to run for mayor, and Wes Hopkin resigned early. Current Mayor Garry Litke remains coy with his intentions. He earlier told Infonews he would run again but now will only say he is making an announcement Oct. 7.

Jakubeit says with several new faces on council, a leader is needed more than ever to lead council in the right direction.

“We need true leadership, something to believe in, something to work towards, having a vision of what our future can and should be, and a willingness to be BOLD,” he says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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