The race is almost over.
After weeks of campaigning, Vernon’s five mayoralty candidates will know Saturday evening whether they rose to the top or if voters didn’t embrace their message.
““I’m hearing it’s going to be very close. It’s going to be a tight race,” said Victor Cumming.
Cumming is an economist who is entering politics for the first time.
“I’ve been getting a great response. I’m surprised by the number of people approaching me and saying they enjoy my message.”
Jamie Morrow isn’t making any predictions.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done during the campaign and the response I’m receiving but you don’t know until it’s over,” said the college recruiter and former Sparwood councillor.
“Three weeks ago, I was told I was a dark horse and I take that as a compliment. It means I’m making waves. I’ve been quite encouraged,” he said.
Akbal Mund admits the campaign has provided a learning experience.
“This is my first trip into politics and it’s been an education about what every group is looking for,” said the former Wendy’s owner.
“I always feel positive. If I didn’t think I could do the job, I wouldn’t have run, but residents have to decide.”
Mary-Jo O’Keefe will be watching the polls closely Saturday night.
“We have had lots of people say positive things so I am relatively confident but it’s hard to gauge where you are at. I’m still nervous,” said the current city councillor and owner of MJO Communications.
“With this many people running, it (outcome) is difficult to gauge.”
Klaus Tribes says his return to campaigning has been upbeat.
“I have been approached by a lot of people, including many I don’t know, and they are thanking me for running,” said the former city councillor and retired restaurant owner.
“I hope that translates into something positive.”