Independent candidate Korry Zepik makes his opening speech while fellow candidates and chamber staff listen at the first all candidates forum Wednesday evening at the Schubert Centre put on by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

Independent candidate Korry Zepik makes his opening speech while fellow candidates and chamber staff listen at the first all candidates forum Wednesday evening at the Schubert Centre put on by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates square off at first forum

Approximately 100 people turn out to Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday



Vernon-Monashee candidates had their first opportunity to be heard at Wednesday night’s forum.

Close to 100 voters turned out to hear Conservative Scott Anderson, Liberal Eric Foster, NDP’s Mark Olsen and independent Korry Zepik at the Schubert Centre. Parachute Green candidate Rebecca Helps did not attend.

The event, put on by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, featured 13 questions collected from chamber and OMREB members and the B.C. Chamber.

The top issues were: economy, taxes, debt, local government reform, skills training and transportation.

See Friday’s issue of The Morning Star for the full story.

Candidates will take to the Schubert Centre stage again tonight at 7 p.m. for the Sustainable Environment Network Society.

Voters can hear from the candidates again on Monday at the Performing Arts Centre forum at 7 p.m.

Candidates will then be travelling to Lumby for the final forum at the White Valley Community Centre.

Watch The Morning Star (both online and in print) for coverage of all the forums.