Patrick Buchanan is also a name voters may recognize as he ran in the Penticton mayor byelection in 2013 when Ashton vacated his seat winning the provincial election. Buchanan said the reason for him choosing to run for council is simple.
“I feel it is my civic duty,” he said.
Buchanan, a small business owner, is involved in youth sports, other organizations and was an auxiliary RCMP member for nine years. He is campaigning on his vision to maintain Penticton as a family-orientated community. He also puts municipal spending high on his priority list.
“I want to concentrate on the infrastructure and how money is being spent on parks, arenas and other facilities. I would also like to make the entrances into Penticton a lot nicer,” said Buchanan.
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Penticton and with my parents in 1979. I graduated from Pen High in 1983. I am presently employed for 22 years at Penticton Lock and Key. I am married with two children. I presently sit on the board for the Penticton Transit Committee as well as being a director on the board for the Pinnacles Football Club. I have also served as the president of the Penticton BMX club, nine years as a RCMP auxiliary, and three years with the Kaleden volunteer fire department.
I believe council needs to work to make Penticton the tourist destination it should be. Council needs to build on what we have, a four-season playground.
My first issue of business is to make sure the taxpayers’ interests are met. Our ageing infrastructure has to be dealt with. Our sewage treatment plant needs an upgrade and neighbourhood streets need fixing.