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Tribes launches bid for Vernon mayor

Klaus Tribes announces he will be running for mayor of Vernon.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Klaus Tribes announces he will be running for mayor of Vernon.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

A familiar face wants to re-enter the political ring in Vernon.

Klaus Tribes, who was a councillor for 18 years over a 25-year period, announced Wednesday that he will run for mayor in November's civic election.

"I have the drive, energy and desire to give the position my full attention," he said.

"I intend to be a hands-on mayor and involve myself with the day-to-day operations of the city."

Among Tribes' focus during a campaign will be encouraging business investment in the community and development of a second ice sheet and possibly a trade and convention centre.

Tribes ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002, bringing his political career to an end. A former police officer, he ran a restaurant downtown for almost 40 years and is currently a breakfast ambassador at the Fairfield Inn.

He plans on knocking on doors soon as part of his campaign.

"I think we have something to contribute and make it work for the city," said Tribes.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky has not indicated if he will seek re-election in November.

Look for more in Friday's Morning Star.

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