A local political watchdog, social media admin and community advocate is seeking a seat on Vernon city council.
Born and raised in Vernon, Dawn Tucker is an educator, urban beekeeper and spokesperson for Vernon Pride.
Tucker, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 municipal election, says she has attended council meetings for the past six years.
She says she has spent her time "informing myself and engaging with our city’s most valuable resource, our residents."
"I know that every tax dollar going into the city is coming from residents wallets and should be spent with that in mind.... I want to ensure we receive the best possible value for our dollar and make the best possible decisions, for us all."
Tucker runs several popular local social media forums, including the Vernon & Area Community Forum, Vernon's largest.
"Every day, I hear from residents whether on the street, in the stores or in the social media groups I administer. I quickly respond and obtain information from the city and get back to them. A goal of mine is to bring common sense back to communication at the city level. I want residents to feel heard and responded to," she said in announcing her bid for council on Tuesday.
"I deal with the same issues as you do. My priority is resident interests and the community as a whole when making decisions."
Tucker says residents deserve a council that is diverse and inclusive.
"We need a council that will be accountable leaders with demonstrated action. We as residents deserve a council that can make the right call without influence from special or private interests. We as residents deserve a council that listens and responds to us.
"I am not here to promote myself or any particular business, I am here to build and promote our community. I want to have our environment be considered more in our decisions. I want more youth to stay and not move away. I want more families to stay. I want more places in Vernon to be accessible as well as affordable, especially housing and recreation options."