Serendipity winemaker Katie O’Kell is hoping to bring a fresh, energized new vision to city council. (Contributed)

Serendipity winemaker Katie O’Kell is hoping to bring a fresh, energized new vision to city council. (Contributed)

Civic Election 2022

Naramata winemaker takes another run at Penticton council

Katie O’Kell is committed to building a business friendly, safe and affordable city

Naramata winemaker Katie O’Kell is taking another run at a council seat in Penticton.

O’Kell said she is running with a focus on leading Penticton into the future by putting economic development, affordability and community safety at the forefront.

O’Kell ran in the by-election last June where coun. James Miller won the lone seat.

“As our community grows, we need new voices at the council table to coordinate and drive investments in the infrastructure, services and amenities that Penticton needs to be sustainable and successful.”

She said there is anxiety in our community.

“Real fear that tomorrow won’t be better than today. Penticton is resilient, but the impact of COVID-19, heat, floods and fire have taken a toll on our optimism. It’s time for leaders with fresh perspectives, new energy and the courage to do what’s right for Penticton,” said O’Kell in a press release.

She also believes there is a need for transparency and accountability at City Hall.

“I am committed to building a business-friendly, safe and affordable city for ourselves and for generations to come. As a local business owner, I have had my ear to the ground for more than a decade, and I understand what Penticton needs to continue the phenomenal growth we are capable of.”

The nomination period ends Friday, Sept. 9 and the general election is on Oct. 15.

As of Sept. 7, eight people have announced they are running for council.

READ MORE: Julius Bloomfield announces run for mayor

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