DUSTIN SARGENT Kelowna
It’s fashionable in some circles to think of Kelowna city council as a bunch of heartless right-wingers beholden to business interests.
But the truth is, of the nine people on the current council, only two have experience owning and running a business. Maybe that’s a big reason why municipal taxes have soared 16 per cent in just four years.
This year’s field of council candidates is noticeably slimmer than for past elections, and few of the first time aspirants have as varied a business background as Dustin Sargent.
A past president of the Downtown Kelowna Association, he’s been involved with businesses such as Soma Craft Cider and Kelowna CrossFit, and has admirable experience in the social housing sector.
Married with three kids, Sargent says he’s running in part to help ensure they grow up in a prosperous and compassionate community.He’s worth your consideration next Saturday.