The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

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.


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