Mayoralty candidate steps forward
A Vernon businessperson says the economy has suffered under the current city administration.
Patrick Davies will run for mayor Nov. 19, with the political newcomer saying it made sense for him to seek the top job instead of running as a councillor first.
“I’m not a good follower,” said the 45-year-old owner of Latitude Marine.
“To have another three years of the last six we’ve had will kill the economy.”
Davies says there is a need to stimulate the economy and increase growth.
“We need to find people who want to come here and bring their businesses with them,” he said, adding it should be up to the mayor to lead the effort.
“The mayor needs to sell the community and talk to businesses. We need to actively attract people.”
Another concern for Davies is what he believes is a lack of accountability among council.
“Forcing things down people’s throats whether they like it or not has to stop,” he said,” specifically pointing to recent plans to reduce the number of lanes on 43rd Avenue so bicycle paths could be installed.
“When people are taking to the street in opposition, there’s a huge disconnect. I believe in an honest, open and accountable government that includes listening to our citizens.”
Another priority is improving Vernon’s relationship with the District of Coldstream and the Regional District of North Okanagan.
“We need to have open communications,” he said.
“We have to get along. We all live here.”
Davies has lived in Vernon since 1977 and he has ran a number of businesses.
“I have seen many changes in the years I have been here, some good and some not so good,” he said.
“We need change, just not any change but planned sustainable change.”
Davies admits one of his challenges will be making voters aware of who he is during the election campaign.
“It will be six weeks of meeting with people and listening to them,” he said.
“It will be a good opportunity to find out what’s important to the people of Vernon.”
Also running for mayor are incumbent Wayne Lippert and retired physician Rob Sawatzky.