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Mund moves into mayor's chair

Akbal Mund is congratulated on his mayoralty win by MLA Eric Foster and Dalvir Nahal celebrates after getting a seat on Vernon Council Saturday night at the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction at the Best Western Vernon Lodge. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Akbal Mund is congratulated on his mayoralty win by MLA Eric Foster and Dalvir Nahal celebrates after getting a seat on Vernon Council Saturday night at the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Vernon’s new mayor says he’s ready to get down to business.

Akbal Mund rose to the top Saturday with 3,714 votes, with Victor Cumming in second at 3,089.

“It’s exciting,” said Mund, the former owner of the local Wendy’s franchise.

Mund believes he won because he was able to resonate with residents.

“There was a lot of the young voting crowd who came out who were engaged. People wanted change and a new direction,” he said.

Mund, who isn’t sworn in as mayor until Dec. 1, will meet with the retiring Rob Sawatzky to get a sense of the mayor’s job.

“This is my first foray into politics and I need to do some homework,” said Mund.

This was also a first-time campaign for Cumming, an economist.

“I’m pleased with how I did,” he said.

“People wanted change and Akbal is well known in the community. He did well on campaigning on that style of being known.”

In third place was Mary-Jo O’Keefe, a city councillor, who received 1,319 votes for mayor.

“We ran a good campaign and I am pleased with the support I got. I am disappointed but I wish Akbal all of the best,” she said.

“We were clear with our messaging. I will continue to work and move Vernon forward.”

Klaus Tribes’ bid for mayor garnered 1,011 votes.

‘The people have spoken and I wish Akbal all of the best. He has a lot of work ahead of him. He’s a capable man,” said Tribes, a former councillor.

College recruiter Jamie Morrow got 442 votes.

“You do your best and I congratulate Akbal. My wife and I are extremely happy with what we did. There are no regrets,” said Morrow.

The four incumbent city councillors — Brian Quiring, Bob Spiers, Juliette Cunningham and Catherine Lord — were all re-elected with 4,275, 4,162, 4,120 and 4,006 votes respectively.

Filling the other two seats on council will be Dalvir Nahal (3,919) and Scott Anderson (3,805).

The other candidates were:

Kari Gares - 3,581

Mark Olsen - 3,514

Jack Gilroy - 3,451

Shawn Lee - 3,271

Janet Green - 3,027

James Todd - 1,568

Colt Wilson - 1,127

Art Gourley - 768

 

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