July 30, 2013 - 6:58 AM
PENTICTON - A different strategy for a better outcome is what Vic Powell has planned for the Sept. 7 byelection.
Powell, a former military man, ran for the mayor's position in the 2011 Penticton election but only came away with 472 votes and lost to former mayor Dan Ashton. He said not using election signs cost him some exposure and while it is not his style, he plans to use them now. He'll pay for them out of his own pocket and he'll be his own campaign manager.
Powell is running again because he does not like what he is seeing coming out of City Hall. He points to the hockey dormitory project on Eckhardt Avenue which is still an empty lot. He said council didn't conduct a background check on the developer and sold a $2.8 million property for $975,000.
He also said taxpayers' money is not being spent on infrastructure. Roads, green areas and other spots are being unattended. "They're neglecting tax money."
Powell's only opponent so far is former councillor Garry Litke who resigned to run for the mayor's chair. This leaves an empty seat on council. So far, Lynn Kelsey, Andre Martin and Katie Robinson have submitted their names. The nomination period closes at 4 p.m. this Friday.
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