Vernon's Climate Action Network ranks its choices for council, school board

Climate action endorsement

Vernon's Climate Action Network has ranked its choices for Vernon council.

The organization, which recently held an environment-themed all-candidates forum, took those performances and analyzed responses to a pre-forum Q&A and Vital Vernon questionnaire to score each candidate.

it also looked at experience, intention, and priorities mentioned by candidates in their campaigns.

It gave the highest scores Victor Cumming for mayor and Brian Guy for council.

The closest runners-up were council candidates Brian Quiring and Kelly Fehr.

Individual scores were not shared.

"However, we were really pleased to see that almost all other candidates show good knowledge of, and commitment to Vernon's Climate Action Plan. In the case of all incumbents who are running as council candidates, and most of the new candidates for council as well ... we feel the CAP is in safe hands if they are elected," the Climate Action Network says.

"As we all know, our climate is starting to change dramatically as tipping points are reached. We are now seeing unprecedented heat domes, wildfires and weather events that negatively impact our health and our livelihoods. The world needs to take action – there is no time left to waste."

For school board, it endorsed candidate Jenn Comazzetto, followed "favorable scores" from Mark Olsen and Philipp Gruner.

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