DAN WALTON Penticton
Traditionally journalists have done well when they’ve run for public office. In Kelowna, Mayor Colin Basran and Coun. Mohini Singh were one-time CHBC reporters. Charlie Hodge is a retired journalist.
Former Penticton mayor Maurice Finnerty owned the local radio station. On a larger scale, provincial premiers Ralph Klein and Christy Clark were former radio personalities. Sure, some of it is name recognition, but as reporters, they do understand what’s going on.
Enter Dan Walton. The editor of The Peachland View and a former reporter at the Penticton Western News is running for a position on the school board.
Still in his 20s, single and childless, Walton is both inexperienced and a tad naive, but he’s certainly well aware of the issues having covered the contentious school closures in the Okanagan School District in 2016. The people in Peachland love him. He’s the breath of fresh air that the school board is sadly missing.