Summerland council candidates announce

Ken Rodocker and Erin Trainer have announced their intentions to run for Summerland council at the Nov. 15 municipal election.

New Summerland council candidates have stepped forward.

Ken Rodocker would like to see all facets of Summerland work together to promote the community and attract and retain businesses.

“We’ve got the most marketable town in the Okanagan,” he said, announcing his candidacy for a councillor position in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

His slogan in the election is “unite and revitalize.”

Rodocker, who has owned the Sweet Tooth on Main Street for the past four years and the bistro at Summerland Waterfront Resort for the past two years, has been active in initiatives to promote the downtown.

These have included summer movie nights in Memorial Park and the Friday evening markets on Victoria Road North.

He said he would like to see action from the next municipal council.

“It’s just a matter of doing things,” he said. “Everything has been talked to death.”

For councillor candidate Erin Trainer, a fair and accountable municipal government is essential.

“We need to talk, listen and come up with creative solutions that bring us together rather than divide us,” she said. “I am committed to working with the new council and mayor, and to explaining my decisions to voters. Communication is one of the most important parts of government.”

She also wants to focus on downtown revitalization, exploring initiatives and incentives to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses.

Trainer, 31, is co-owner of ET2media in Summerland. She is also the manager of the Penticton Farmers’ Market and a co-founder of the Trout Creek Community Association.

Earlier this year, she was named one of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 and was a finalist in the Summerland Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.