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Ashton wins third term as Penticton MLA

Penticton Liberal MLA incumbent Dan Ashton was re-elected to a third term in today's provincial election, Oct. 24, 2020.
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October 24, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Penticton Liberal MLA incumbent Dan Ashton scored a political hat trick, winning his third term as MLA for the riding following the ballot count in today’s provincial election.

We're calling it for Ashton who is holding 49 per cent of the votes with 25 of 129 polls reporting.

Ashton’s nearest opponent was New Democratic Party candidate Toni Boot who was polling at 35 per cent at the same time.

Final election results won’t be known for at least another two weeks due to a surge in mail-in ballots.

Boot is a newcomer to provincial politics. She mounted a strong campaign, but it wasn’t enough to sway voters in the riding, which has been staunchly Liberal for more than 20 years.

Ashton campaigned on the need for affordable housing, touting his record of working with the housing ministry and the City of Penticton to create affordable housing developments.

He called for action with respect to Penticton’s high property crime rate, arguing the Liberals had the only plan to deal with the issue.

He also campaigned for improvements and alternative routes for Highway 97 north of Penticton due to past road closures.

Ashton, who comes from a business background, began his political career by winning a seat on Penticton council in 1999. He served three terms as councillor and two terms as Mayor of Penticton before running for the Penticton MLA position for the first time in 2013 and again in 2017.

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