West Kelowna

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

In West Kelowna, Philip Akins is a can­di­date vot­ers might want to spend the last week of the elec­tion cam­paign learn­ing more about.

He’s only lived in the com­mu­nity for a decade, hav­ing mar­ried into the well-known and long-es­tab­lished Payn­ter fam­ily, but Akins strikes us as a thought­ful, com­pas­sion­ate, and in­tel­li­gent as­pir­ing politi­cian.

He has a doc­toral de­gree in govern­ment, and a master’s de­gree in con­flict res­o­lu­tion, two ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­ties that might come in handy on the of­ten lively West Kelowna coun­cil.

His plat­form calls for more po­lice, which many can­di­dates trum­pet, but also sug­gests the city get in­volved in the pro­vi­sion of so­cial hous­ing, which would be new ground for the decade-old mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Akins would like to see more tax­payer­funded ameni­ties like bike paths and recre­ation cen­tres, but also rec­og­nizes the ben­e­fits of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity sup­port­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­spon­si­ble de­vel­op­ment and growth.


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