Akbal Mund announces he will be running for mayor of Vernon in the upcoming civc election.

Akbal Mund announces he will be running for mayor of Vernon in the upcoming civc election.

Mund sets sights on Vernon mayor’s chair

Community volunteer becomes the fifth declared candidate for the city's top job

Akbal Mund says he has the experience to lead Vernon.

The community volunteer announced Thursday that he will let his name stand for mayor Nov. 15.

“My sole priority will be to work with our new council for the betterment of the community of Vernon,” said the 54-year-old who has lived in Vernon since 1993.

“We will run the city like a business and create a healthy tax base so that in the future, we can look at the possibility of lowering tax rates.We have to have a long-term business plan that will create a surplus in the city’s coffers on a yearly basis.”

Mund insists that there needs to be a focus on sports and culture, downtown revitalization and enhancing infrastructure.

A previous owner of the local Wendy’s franchise, Mund was president of the Greater Vernon 2012 B.C. Winter Games, co-founder of Wendy’s Dreamlift Day, president of the North Okanagan Sports Society and president of the Vernon Soccer Association. He was named Vernon’s Citizen of the Year in 2012.

“My drive to succeed has always been my success,” he said.

“I have a long-term vision for the city, one where my grandchildren can enjoy the community by residing here, not elsewhere, because we have all of the amenities they require for a healthy and prosperous life.”

The other candidates for mayor are Victor Cumming, Jamie Morrow, Mary-Jo O’Keefe and Klaus Tribes.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.