Martin takes second run at Penticton city council

City of Penticton: Martin, Andre Councillor candidate

Andre Martin is running for a City of Penticton council seat.

Andre Martin is running for a City of Penticton council seat.

Andre Martin, a long time volunteer on several committees and the former general manager of the Penticton Herald, is also a regular sight at council meetings, and is also making his second try at council, having run in the 2013 byelection.

Commitment to the community is one of the factors Martin said he will bring to the role of councillor, if elected.

“I have sat on a lot of boards, put in a lot of time, so I have an understanding of what is going on,” he said.

Now, Martin, said, he thinks he can do some good working from the city side.

“There is some good work that has been done,” he said. “Just like to be on the other side, maybe see what we could do inside the city to help the groups out a little bit more.”

At the end of the day, he said, a strong business community makes it easier for business to support the community and service groups that need a helping hand.

“Little things do make a difference and if we can work on those little things, we will see a strong impact,” said Martin.

I feel my community involvement through many organizations in the area from non-profits to business advocacy groups and my work with the business community will bring a grass roots view to council.

When you combine that experience I believe I have a great understanding of many of the needs of the community and want to be the connector that can grow all the organizations and provide bigger picture thinking. The first thing I would tackle is ensuring that council paves the way for business and homeowners to maximize the opportunities the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion will bring.

I share my life with Barbara and our blended family of five children. I am currently a chair with The Executive Committee (TEC). Partner in a small delivery business and representative for SkyMed medical transportation.

I also host a monthly Penticton Business Forum group and the former G.M. of the Penticton Herald. Currently I volunteer with the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, Pen Hi PAC, Penticton Triathlon Society, Canadian Centre for Business Growth and the Community Foundation.