The field of candidates for this year’s municipal election is starting to firm up, now that the nomination period has officially opened.
As of Thursday afternoon, John Vassilaki has filed his nomination papers for mayor, and Steve Boultbee, Paula Cattani, Vic Powell and David Korinetz have filed for councillor.
Korinetz, an author and publisher, considers himself to be a voice for public safety, the arts, and sustainable prosperity, and said his qualifications included 40 years of business experience in various technology fields to draw upon.
Incumbent councillors Helena Konanz and Judy Sentes have also confirmed their intention to run again.
Konanz admits there have been a number of rough spots during her first term on council.
“It is really tough work, but it is all in the name of doing what is best for Penticton. In that respect, being on council you can really make a difference and I appreciate that,” said Konanz.
Judy Sentes confirmed she will be running for council again, and not mayor as rumoured.
Council members will be elected for four-year terms this time and Sentes said that caused her to stop and evaluate her position.
“I truly had to stop and think about it. I am terribly complimented by those who think I could seek the mayor’s chair,” said Sentes. “I love to be part of the team, but not necessarily at the mayor’s chair.”
Another potential mayor is Tim Hodgkinson, director of operations for the Penticton Hospitality Association, who said he plans to decide soon.
“There has been a lot of rumours and suggestions I should run, and quite frankly, I am flattered by the thought of people putting my name forward,” said Hodgkinson. “I am giving it serious thought but there is a number of things I have to work through first.”