Victor Cumming will run for Vernon mayor in the Nov. 15 election.

Victor Cumming will run for Vernon mayor in the Nov. 15 election.

Cumming enters race for Vernon mayor

The economic researcher and regional economist has lived in the area since 1992.

The race for Vernon mayor has expanded.

Victor Cumming announced Thursday that he is joining former city councillor Klaus Tribes in seeking the city’s top job Nov. 15.

“I look forward to the opportunity to apply my skills in regional economics, finance, community planning, facilitation and complex decision-making, for the advancement of our community,” said the economic researcher and regional economist.

“I believe I have the necessary experience, expertise, sense of humour and the desire to work tirelessly for our community and our region, to become Vernon’s next mayor.”

The 59-year-old has lived in Vernon since 1992.

Born in Golden and raised in Naramata, Cumming has a bachelor of arts degree in economics and geography and a master of arts in rural planning and development.

He has taught economic development for Simon Fraser University for a decade and his Vernon-based consulting firm provides economic development, planning and operation assistance to local, regional and First Nations governments across Canada.

Since arriving in Vernon, Cumming has coached soccer and football and been involved with the Okanagan Landing Community Association, the Ribbons of Green Trail Society, the North Okanagan Areas Trust and Trinity United Church.

“If elected, I will immediately wind down my professional responsibilities to focus my attention on the full-time role of mayor,” he said.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.