DAN WAL­TON Pen­tic­ton

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

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.


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