Penticton council would be completely different if students voted

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PENTICTON - Penticton students took part in a province-wide program to choose who they thought should be on city council and the results are very different than the results of last week's civic election in Penticton.

The vote was part of Student Vote Day 2014, a program offering students a chance to learn about the democratic process before they are of legal voting age. Young people get a chance to vote for who they think should run the city before the general public turns in its ballots.

If it were up to the students at Uplands Elementary, Queens Park Elementary, Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary, John Vassilaki would be mayor instead of Andrew Jakubeit.

Max Picton was the only common councillor elected; students elected Lynn Kelsey, Doug Maxwell, Steve Boultbee, Patrick Buchanan and Ryan Foster to council.

More than 29,000 students from 276 schools across the province participated in the vote on Nov. 13 and 14.

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

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