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Meet the candidates: Ted Shumaker

Ted Shumaker is the BC Green candidate in the Penticton riding

As part of our B.C. election coverage, the Penticton Western News asked candidates to submit a bio about themselves, why they are running and what is the most important issue in the Penticton riding.

I am retired after 20 years as a hospital pharmacist with Interior Health in Oliver, Summerland and Penticton. I am 69 years old.

I have lived in Penticton since 1995 after five years living in Oliver.

I am a regular guy, not a politician.

I have no experience in public office.

But I believe I can help my community, by being the Green MLA representing this area.

What are your reasons for running in this election?

I have hope we can give our grandchildren clean air, pure water and sustainable jobs. I believe the NDP snap election during a pandemic shows how little they care about our health, about what is best for BC. This election is a simple power grab. I believe in a long term multi generational view of what is good for my community rather than the 4 years term of government.

My hobbies of hiking archery and kayaking let me see some of the issues with the unsustainable forests and wildlife habitat loss. Why are we clear cutting our water sheds west of Peachland and Summerland.

My time working with Interior health as a pharmacist I saw first hand the importance of mental health and addiction services. We need to think prevention rather than focus on fix what is broken.

As a teen I lived one block from the Lytton Indian reserve, went to school with first nations kids my age, which led me to have an interest in first nations issues.

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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