Wolfe making another run at Penticton mayor’s chair

Benny Wolfe announced Tuesday morning his intentions to challenge Dan Ashton in the race for mayor of Penticton in this fall’s civic elections.

  • Jul. 5, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Benny Wolfe announced Tuesday morning his intentions to challenge Dan Ashton in the race for mayor of Penticton in this fall’s civic elections.

Wolfe, who received 96 votes in the 2008 mayoral race, said Penticton needs a mayor who knows what is going on in the city all 24 hours of the day and “feels the pulse of the people.”

“I base everything on common sense,” Wolfe said. “I am always walking around Penticton day and night, seeing what is going on and seeing what is happening with businesses, so I feel like I have a good grip on the city.

“I attend a lot of functions. I’m a member of the Seniors Outreach Centre. I know what is going on in the city.”

Wolfe said he will make improving the local economy his most important issue.

“We have been caught in this stalemate for the last three years with businesses shutting down, vacant stores, vacant offices and people being laid off,” he said. “They have to show that Penticton is open for business, because as far as I’m concerned Penticton is not open for business.”

Wolfe said the current council is not doing enough for the economy.

“I would have an economic person out there searching for industry; searching for businesses that want to relocate; giving tax breaks and giving incentives to relocate here,” explained Wolfe, who said he is not familiar with the city’s economic incentive zone program promoted by both city staff and chamber economic development officer David Arsenault.

Wolfe said as mayor he would work to create a medical tourism industry in Penticton.

“Right now there is a shortage of doctors and there are people who do need medical help right away. They have to go to the States or they have to go to private clinics,” said Wolfe. “Maybe a lot of people won’t like it, but we need to establish private clinics here and we need to entice doctors to come here because medical tourism is the up-and-coming industry. Let’s take advantage of it.”

Wolfe said his campaign would also dwell on improving basic services, roads, the RCMP headquarters’ hours of operation, the Penticton Community Centre and its swimming pool and the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

He also said he would like to create free street and city-lot parking throughout the downtown core; freeze property taxes; freeze all wages at the municipality; and bring a homeless shelter for woman to the city.



Just Posted

Wade Cudmore, seen here with his mother Kathy Richardson, had his first court appearance in relation to first degree murder charges in the deaths of Erick and Carlo Fryer Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kathy Richardson/Facebook)
Man charged in Naramata double homicide appears in Penticton court

Wade Cudmore appeared for the first time in relation to first degree murder charges

(John Arendt - Black Press)
Penticton wants to give you money to make something fun happen in the city

City launches community grant program to help post-COVID recovery

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

‘Too much heat can be harmful to your health’

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
5-storeys still too tall for Penticton’s downtown, votes city council

Vote against new development leaves one councillor questioning validity of city’s zoning restrictions

A person stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Schiefelbein
VIDEO: Trudeau demands truth from China about Uyghurs

PM says Canada has admitted broken Indigenous relationship, unlike China on Uyghurs

Council members and witnesses from the Hupacasath First Nation, left, and Tseshaht First Nation, right, prepare to raise their respective flags in front of Port Alberni City Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021. The flags will permanently fly as part of the city’s reconciliation work. See more coverage from the flag raising ceremony on page A5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Vancouver Island First Nations flags to fly permanently at city hall

Addition of flags are one Port Alberni response to reconciliation

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
Kootnekoff: Access to justice and residential schools in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school on Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Study reassures parents, teachers that COVID-19 infrequently shared at school

Federally funded study in Vancouver finds risk in the classroom and in the community identical

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Point Roberts is part of the mainland United States but not physically connected to it, to reach the community by land one must pass through Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Closed Canadian border leaves Point Roberts’ only grocery store on verge of closure

‘We’re Americans but we’re not attached to America. It’s easy to forget we’re here,’ says owner Ali Hayton

Mayla Janzen and Ashley Hoppichler, with her daughters Lily and Sophia, are bringing a Friday evening market to Polson Park, starting July 2. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Entrepreneurs craft up Vernon night market

Friday evening Polson Park event to take place throughout the summer

Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian and Tina William lead the Every Child Matters March in Enderby Monday, June 21. (Lyndsey Leon photo)
Hundreds march with Splatsin in Enderby for #215

300 orange-shirt wearing people of all backgrounds turned out in support

Most Read