The first person to officially announce their candidacy for the mayorship of Vernon at next fall’s municipal election is a familiar face with previous experience as a city councilor.
Klaus Tribes says he is 74-years-young and looking forward to the challenge. He spent 18 years as a city councilor and ran for mayor in 2002, but lost out to Sean Harvey.
Since then he has taken a break from politics, but believes it’s still in his blood.
“I love this city, I’m passionate about this city and I’m a retired person,” says Tribes.
“I’m tired of sitting at home. I’m the kind of guy that needs to be active all the time and can’t sit still. And that will just be a perfect job for me. It’s more like a vacation.”
Tribes refers to himself as a very community-minded person who has been involved with the downtown community association, the winter carnival, as a restaurateur and has also spent time in law enforcement.
He ran KT’s Heritage Restaurant for nearly 40 years before selling it in 2013.
In addition to opening the city up for business and addressing water issues, Tribes says one of his pet projects would be to bring a trade and convention centre to the city.
“A trade and convention centre will create jobs. Conventions create jobs anyways and trade shows will bring in businesses, and then we can showcase Vernon and area too.”
And for any voters concerned with his age, Tribes points out that he has both life experience and council experience.
“I am healthy, energetic, I work out regularly and I’m in fantastic shape. That’s what I would say to people – don’t look at the years, look at the guy.”