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.