Election 2014: Green and Todd want to join Vernon council

City of Vernon: The number of candidates for councillor continues to grow

There are two more candidates for Vernon councillor.

Both Janet Green and James Todd have filed nomination papers for the Nov. 15 election.

“I had calls from residents who asked me to run,” said Green, who recently moved to Vernon from Lumby.

“I work really hard and I like to get things done.”

Green held administrative positions with Vancouver General Hospital and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. She sat on Lumby council for a term and recently sought the federal Conservative nomination.

A major issue for Green is the regional district wanting to borrow $70 million for water upgrades.

“A lot of people aren’t in favour it it. My question is – what happens if the referendum isn’t approved?” she said.

Green also wants increased emphasis on pursuing senior government grants for infrastructure.

“It’s the only way we’ll find relief for taxpayers,” she said.

“I’m all about fiscal responsibility.”

Todd ran for council in 2011, and he says he has a passion to be involved in the community.

“I want innovation to be the standard not the exception and a re-examination of some present fiscal policy. New ideas, out of the box thinking, is my forte,” said the author and artist who was born in Vernon.

“Over the next four years, I will be diligent towards instilling a new attitude. I will focus on the basic working infrastructure — sidewalks, left-turn signals, safe crosswalks, proper lighting, paving and transit. When a neighborhood requires, a problem fixed for public safety, then that concern has to be addressed promptly.”

Todd says there is also a need for city hall to become more accessible.

“If elected, I will make myself available on a weekend, every month, to hear with individuals, on public issues,” he said.

Also running for council are Juliette Cunningham, Kari Gares, Jack Gilroy, Art Gourley, Shawn Lee, Catherine Lord, Dalvir Nahal, Mark Olsen, Bob Spiers and Brian Quiring.