September 29, 2014 - 10:18 AM
PENTICTON - Mayor Garry Litke is keeping his lips sealed about whether he will run for reelection despite the circulating rumours he does not want to be mayor any longer.
Litke will still announce his decision on October 7 — three days before nominations close — whether he will seek more time at the head of the council table. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit and Coun. John Vassilaki have both announced their mayoral candidacies, therefore leaving two council seats up for grabs.
Rumours that Litke is done being mayor are spreading on social media and through word of mouth but “those are terrible rumours,” Litke says.
“It’s just a lot of wishful thinking on a lot of people’s parts,” he says.
Residents have expressed how unimpressed they are about the way City Hall handled certain issues, including legal action against the Penticton Hospitality Association and resident Elvena Slump, during Litke’s reign.
Litke, a former educator, spent eight years on council before elected mayor in November 2013 during a by-election. The public will have to wait another week, however, to find out what the mayor’s plans are for his political future.
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