Update: List of all declared candidates in Penticton

Penticton has 26 people running for council in the municipal election

Update 4:57 p.m.

Residents in Penticton will have 26 councillors and six mayor candidates to choose from for the upcoming municipal election.

Those who submitted nomination papers for councillor are: John Archer, Duffy Baker, Julius Bloomfield, Karen Brownlee, Glenn Clark, Daryl Clarke, Christopher Evasin, Tracy Franklin, Joe Frocklage, Isaac Gilbert, Lynn Kelsey, Jake Kimberley, Martyn Lewis, Jesse Martin, Doug Maxwell, Christopher Millin, David O’Brien, Max Picton (incumbent), Marie Prior, Kevin Proteau, Frank Regehr, Katie Robinson, Connie Sahlmark, Darryl Sanders, Judy Sentes (incumbent) and Campbell Watt (incumbent).

Related: Who’s running in the Penticton election – bios

Current councillors Tarik Sayeed and Andre Martin told the Western News they do not plan to run again. The same goes for Helena Konanz, who has turned her attention to federal politics. She is the Conservative party candidate for the 2019 election in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Six people have put their nomination papers forward for mayor. Incumbent Andrew Jakubeit, James Blake, Jason Cox, Jukka Laurio, John Vassilaki and Dominic Wheeler.

Running for school trustee is Shelley Clarke, Teresa Hebert, Derek Hurst, James Palanio, Barb Sheppard, Tracy Van Raes and Dan Walton.

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A sixth candidate has entered into the Penticton mayor’s race.

Jukka Laurio submitted nomination papers on Friday.

Laurio, who owned a cannabis dispensary at one time in Penticton and then later in Okanagan Falls, tangled with the City of Penticton over his Herbal Green Apothecary business. He build up $30,500 in fines for operating without a proper business licence. A court decision in May ordered him to pay $15,000 of the fines owed to the city and to cease any cannabis sales.

He then moved his operation to Okanagan Falls, where it was subsequently raided by RCMP on May 30.

Related: RCMP raid Okanagan Falls dispensary

Earlier this month, Laurio told the Western News he leased a space in Penticton and was undergoing the licensing process with the province with the hope of opening a legal cannabis retail store.

Related: Cannabis retailer going through provincial licence process

Laurio previously ran in the 2014 and 2011 municipal election seeking the mayor’s seat. He stopped his campaign in 2011 after revelations of his criminal past came to light. This includes a 2004 conviction for trafficking a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. As well, Laurio confirmed he spent four years in federal prison for a sexual offence dating back 15 years at that time.

Related: Laurio said he is not worried about his past

There are 26 people who have submitted their nomination papersfor city council seats. This includes John Archer, Duffy Baker, Julius Bloomfield, Karen Brownlee, Glenn Clark, Daryl Clarke, Christopher Evasin, Tracy Franklin, Joe Frocklage, Isaac Gilbert, Lynn Kelsey, Jake Kimberley, Martyn Lewis, Jesse Martin, Doug Maxwell, Christopher Millin, David O’Brien, Max Picton (incumbent), Marie Prior, Kevin Proteau, Frank Regehr, Katie Robinson, Connie Sahlmark, Darryl Sanders, Judy Sentes (incumbent) and Campbell Watt (incumbent).

Related: Who’s running in the Penticton election – bios

Current councillors Tarik Sayeed and Andre Martin told the Western News they do not plan to run again. The same goes for Helena Konanz, who has turned her attention to federal politics. She is the Conservative party candidate for the 2019 election in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Six people, including Laurio, have put their nomination papers forward for mayor. Incumbent Andrew Jakubeit, James Blake, Jason Cox, John Vassilaki and Dominic Wheeler.

Running for school trustee is Shelley Clarke, Teresa Hebert, Derek Hurst, James Palanio, Barb Sheppard, Tracy Van Raes and Dan Walton.

Those wanting to run in the municipal election must have their nomination papers by end of day on Sept. 14.

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