I am running for Mayor because I love Penticton and I want to contribute to make this city a better place to live, work, visit and invest in. I strongly believe that a Mayor must lead by example in terms of honesty, integrity, inclusivity and engagement. I believe that a Mayor should be the strongest advocate for the community. The one who fights for the people of Penticton. I believe that City Hall needs a culture change that starts by asking “how can we help” and allows for bottom up process improvement. I believe that City Council and Administration must be transparent in order to rebuild trust amongst our residents. It is important to provide stable and consistent government that people can trust and rely on. I am running for Mayor because I believe that I can help. Click here for more details
"I have worked for years with some of the not-for-profit societies who are doing the hard work on the ground on issues of homelessness and addiction. What I have learned is that the criminal component of our community needs to be addressed directly.
— Jason Cox – Candidate for Penticton Mayor
I believe that the Mayor and Council need to do a better job of engaging with the residents and demonstrating that they are listening to what the community is saying. Residents must have the opportunity to provide input into decisions that impact their lives. City Council needs to know what is important to our residents and businesses; what their concerns, hopes and dreams for our community are. A community involvement policy and framework is necessary to rebuild trust between City Council, Administration and the public. A community involvement policy and framework will ensure that Council can have confidence in the information presented to them by Administration and therefore allows Council to have confidence in the decisions they make and stand by those decisions. We need to commit to community involvement and to following through on initiatives to build a better City for all.
Recreation and cultural facilities and the social interaction they produce benefit and strengthen individuals, families and our community.
Advocacy and Collaboration
I have been a strong advocate for the Penticton area for more than a decade. I know that one of the most important roles a mayor takes on is to be the strongest advocate for the community. As mayor I will collaborate with other levels of government and neighbouring jurisdictions to bring results to Penticton. I have the experience and the relationships to ensure that we are effectively lobbying other levels of government to bring infrastructure investments, social solutions, and jobs to Penticton. I also have spent years working with and developing relationships with the many not-for-profit agencies in the community that are doing the on the ground work. I will create a community social round table which will keep the city informed and allow the agencies to pull together and move the whole community forward together.
I have been part of the Economic Development Committee for many years and am proud of the work that has been done around collecting data and creating a strategic plan. I think there is so much more to do. It is time for a new approach to Economic Development that goes beyond outdated Economic Incentive Zones and Business Tax Multiplier schemes.
Jobs and A Strong Economy
The City of Penticton Economic Development Department does some things really well. I have been part of the Economic Development Committee for many years and am proud of the work that has been done around collecting data and creating a strategic plan. I think there is so much more to do. It is time for a new approach to Economic Development that goes beyond outdated Economic Incentive Zones and Business Tax Multiplier schemes. I have been a leader in the business community of Penticton for more than a decade. I know how to engage and partner with our businesses and employers - so that the City helps them grow and thrive. Having worked professionally as a commercial banker and building my own business, I know that the real secret to job growth in Penticton is to foster, support and make things easier for small businesses to grow here. Local government's role is to lift all boats in the harbour and see how far they can sail.
Public safety has become a serious concern for the people of Penticton. Too many years have been wasted downplaying issues of crime and addiction in our community. I have worked for years with some of the not-for-profit societies who are doing the hard work on the ground on issues of homelessness and addiction. What I have learned is that the criminal component of our community needs to be addressed directly. Not all homeless are criminals, not all criminals are addicts. We need more support for the agencies on the ground to give proper care and support for our most vulnerable. We need to address the budget that the city spends on RCMP, By-Law and Private Security to ensure that scarce resources are being spent appropriately and effectively. We need a community crime reduction and prevention strategy. Public Safety is a top priority for the people of Penticton and I will ensure that it is addressed from day one.
Community Facilities & Gathering Places:
Penticton has excellent outdoor and indoor places and spaces. We need to develop more and take better care of what we have. Tournaments and training bring visitors to the city. Visitors who sleep in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores. This kind of sport tourism is often the introduction to our community that leads to new residents and new businesses. Investing in our sport and recreation facilities for cycling, lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, rugby and triathlon helps grow the community. Recreation and cultural facilities and the social interaction they produce benefit and strengthen individuals, families and our community.
We need to establish community gathering places in neighbourhoods throughout the city not just downtown and at the waterfronts. We need to work consistently to determine our citizen’s priorities and plan for social, cultural and recreational gathering places in our community. We need to dream big and work hard to make these places become a reality. These spaces don’t happen quickly; it takes vision, planning and commitment to bring them to fruition. The importance of community gathering spaces cannot be overstated. These facilities need to provide equitable access to all of our residents. Let’s dream big, plan it and do it!
It is well known that Penticton has a large infrastructure deficit. Successive administrations have neglected to address our aging water lines, sewer systems and electric grid. There are some serious and expensive projects coming up for the City of Penticton. Just like a household, the deteriorating assets need to be replaced and repaired over time. We need a Mayor and council capable of prioritizing the highest need items. Mayor and council are the guardians of the public purse. We need a local government that can analyse consultant reports and determine the most cost-effective way to get ahead of the infrastructure deficit. In the past year alone, the city has spent significant dollars to replace electrical systems that could have been repaired and maintained. This kind of wasteful decision making happens when you do not have leadership that understands due diligence and doesn’t respect that the taxpayer is not a bottomless source of funds.