Editorial: Municipal politics toughest of them all

Local officials at least deserve for you to take the time to vote in this Saturday's byelection in Penticton

Of the three levels of government, there is no doubt being a municipal politician is the toughest of them all.

As a federal or provincial politician, it is pretty easy to spend four years blending into the background.

There are federal and provincial politicians, from far and near, who certainly work hard, but the decisions they make rarely find their way into the media.

That reality is completely different for municipal politicians, especially in smaller communities such as Penticton.

Dan Ashton, is a familiar name to most Pentictonites because of his tenure as mayor of Penticton.

Have you seen his name in the media after he earned a seat in the provincial legislature?

It takes courage and conviction to enter municipal politics because your neighbours know who you are and often are not afraid to let you know what they think of your most recent council decision.

Saturday, eight individuals are on the ballot, three vying for the position of mayor of Penticton, and five for a single councillor position.

Each has committed time and effort, above and beyond their regular lives, because they want to help make Penticton a better place.

We owe it to them to take a few minutes out of our regular lives to vote.

Voting takes place 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St., Penticton.

A shuttle service is provided from the bus stop located on Martin Street at Lakeshore Drive West, across from Gyro Park.

The shuttle leaves every hour on the hour commencing at 8 a.m., with the final shuttle leaving at 7 p.m.

Make a difference, get out and vote.