Former Penticton Indian Band chief to run for council

Jonathan Kruger has put his name forward as a candidate for council.

Former Penticton Indian Band chief Jonathan Kruger has put his name forward as a candidate for council.

After losing the election to return as chief of the Penticton Indian Band last week, Jonathan Kruger has put his name forward as a candidate for council.

Kruger told the Penticton Western News he was considering having his name put forward for council, but first wanted to reflect on his past eight years as chief. Kruger spent eight years before that as a council member.

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On Wednesday, the Penticton Indian Band membership convened in the community hall to nominate candidates for the position of council.

The band, just having elected Chad Eneas as chief, is now in the process of electing eight council members for the four-year term.

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All eight incumbents have put their names forward for the upcoming council election; including Kevin Gabriel, Clint George, Joseph Pierre, Inez Pierre, Tim Lezard, Travis Kruger, Clint Gabriel and Dolly Kruger.

The following Penticton Indian Band members also have been nominated; Jamison (Jamie) Squakin, Trina Paul, Vivian Lezard, Anona Kampe, Dawn Russell, Jonathan Kruger, Jeremiah Kruger, Denise Lecoy, Elaine Alec, Elliot Tonasket, Keisha Kruger, Suzanne Johnson, Aimee Lezard, Naomi Gabriel, Joan Phillip, Nicholas Kruger, Arnold Baptiste, Jennifer Houde, Geraldine Kruger, Lavern Jack, Grace Greyeyes and Pierre Kruger.

The candidates have until Nov. 2 to withdraw from the election process.

The 30 candidates will cook dinner for the community at the S&S Cafe each consecutive Wednesday until election day, allowing the membership an opportunity to know the candidate’s platform.

Advance voting will be held on Dec. 3 and the council election will be held on Dec. 7.