Photo: Ryan Graham
The race for Penticton City Council seats continues to heat up as former Downtown Penticton Association President Ryan Graham throws his hat into the ring.
Graham, a lifelong Penticton resident, is currently the managing partner of Bluewater Cannabis. He has long been a supporter of increased police presence downtown and more outreach programs to support people with mental health and addiction issues.
“We live in a beautiful city, but it’s time to have tough conversations and bring people to the table to make tough decisions. As someone who has seen this city at its best, I want my community to be healthy. As a father, I want my children to be safe. As an entrepreneur, I want the business community to thrive,” Graham said in a press release issued this week.
“I have been in the hospitality industry my entire working life. There are always challenges, sometimes like with Covid-19 things seem out of your control. Today, we face very difficult community issues on a daily basis: substance abuse, homelessness, skyrocketing property crimes, and drug paraphernalia littering the streets. I feel like things are out of control, but I’m sure there are things we can do.”
Graham believes it is his generation’s turn to take on leadership roles in the community.
“Some of us have a lot to say on social media platforms. We need to use that energy and frustration and do something constructive where it can make a difference. We need to engage with our community, including the how city hall works, and most importantly, we have to get out and vote, and if we don’t, we have no right to complain if things don’t change,” Graham said.
The key words by which he defines his platform are “work” and “culture”.
“It’s time to redefine what an acceptable culture is for this city and get to work creating it. I’m invigorated. I’m excited and ready to go if people choose to support me.”
Watch for Castanet’s full profiles of all local election candidates in the weeks leading up to election day, October 15.