(Submitted) Aaron Orlando dropped out of the race for city council.

UPDATE: Aaron Orlando drops out of the race for Revelstoke City Council

Aaron Orlando has dropped out of the race for Revelstoke City Council.

After submitting his nomination last week, Orlando took himself out of the race today.

Orlando was the only incumbent running for city council other than Gary Sulz who is running for mayor.

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“I am a goals-oriented person and wish to accomplish several specific goals that the community is calling for,” Orlando said in an email. “These include consultative sustainable community development, housing affordability and availability, long-term municipal and regional planning, community consultation and engagement, and sustainable infrastructure development.”

As a city councillor Orlando has been involved in the Revelstoke Community Housing Society, the Revelstoke Technology Advisory Committee, the StartUp Revelstoke committee, the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, the Revelstoke Golf Club board, the Revelstoke Community Foundation, the Social Development Committee, the Revelstoke Youth Advisory Committee and several more.

“My time serving as councillor and personal experience has afforded me many opportunities to build relationships across the region and country with key political and government contacts, all the way from the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister and other federal party leaders in Ottawa, the three most recent premiers of B.C. and to directly lobby several cabinet ministers over the years,” Orlando said.

He also has experience with governance outside of city council as a founding member of the Mountain CoLab Cooperative and an executive member of the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association.

“I am a keen student of the complex governance framework under which municipalities operate, and I feel I have the experience, knowledge and connections to be effective in stewarding the community’s visions and goals into reality,” Orlando said.

He has lived in the city for 10 years..

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