PENTICTON - Friday was the last day for council candidates to submit their nomination papers and officially lock themselves into the race.
There are a few unexpected names on the list — some old faces and some new ones, but mostly the latter.
There are three mayoral candidates — Andrew Jakubeit and John Vassilaki, both members of the outgoing council, as well as local business owner, Jukka Laurio. Mayor Garry Litke announced Tuesday he would not be running for reelection.
Councillor Judy Sentes decided to run for councillor again instead of taking the plunge into mayor-dom. Also looking to return to council are Katie Robinson, and Helena Konanz.
The fresh faces looking to shake things up in Penticton are Steve Boultbee, Patrick Buchanan, Paula Cattani, Don Dumesnil, Ryan Foster, Garry Gratton, Brian Henningson, Lynn Kelsey, David Korinetz, Brent Madsen, Andre Martin, Doug Maxwell, Jenine Nicholas, Kevin Noonan, Max Picton, Vic Powell, Darryl Sanders, Debra Slater, Tarik Sayeed and Campbell Watt.
Some of these candidates are no strangers to City Hall — Powell has run unsuccessfully for council in the past, Sayeed and Kelsey are regulars at council meetings and Watt was recently the President of the Chamber of Commerce.
The school board also has a growing list of candidates, both new and old board members. The candidates for school board trustee are Bruce Johnson, Bill Bidlake, Shelley Clarke, Teresa Hebert, and Barb Sheppard.
Advance voting polls will be held Nov. 5 at City Hall and Nov. 6 at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre. Regular voting will take place Nov. 15 at the Trade and Convention Centre.
Candidates have until 4 p.m., Friday Oct. 10, 2014 to submit nominations, and until Oct. 7, 2014 to withdraw their candidacy.
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— This story was updated at 3:08 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 to include the names of new candidates.