Kari Gares is seeking another term as a Vernon city councillor.
Gares, who is a mortgage broker/business owner, said on a Facebook post, “It has been an honour to represent the citizens of Vernon these past four years. I have taken great care in putting in the time which includes engaging with residents on matters that are important to them, researching where necessary before rendering a decision on any subject matter and taking a strong leadership role in helping move Vernon forward.”
Her top priority will be addressing the housing crisis that is gripping the city.
“We must find solutions that will see a variety of housing options that will address a multitude of housing needs. We owe it to our community to find creative solutions that will meet the housing demands of today while preventing further erosion of our housing stock. We must follow through on a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem,” she said. “We have made great strides through collaboration with RDNO's Housing Needs Assessment, but we now must translate that work into a working document that provides an action plan with accountability metrics.”
In her online post, Gares said Vernon has a rich history that should be preserved “but we cannot do this at the expense of not being inclusive. We must embrace our differences and strive to be open, inclusive and respectful when developing policy. We must take great care in understanding how our decisions may impact those around us; but, we must not choose to sit idle. It takes a collective team of elected officials, stakeholders and voters to create a vibrant and sustainable community that fosters economic development; culturally inclusive neighbourhoods and encourages climate awareness and practices in order to protect the beauty of where we live.”
Current Vernon council members Kelly Fehr and Teresa Durning have also announced they are running for another term on council.
The nomination period for civic election candidates is from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.