It is now a three-way race for the mayor of Vernon.
Erik Olesen has officially announced he is running for top spot in the city.
Current mayor Victor Cumming and two-term city councillor Scott Anderson are also running for mayor.
“I have lived in Vernon since 2015 and currently work as a residential co-ordinator for DESC Services providing support in a group-home setting to individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and mental health challenges,” said Oleson. “I've happily been with my partner, Damon, for the last four years.”
Olesen spent three years as chairperson for Alzheimer's Walk Vernon, he has volunteered for the United Way Breakfast Drive Thru Event and the for the Sunshine Festival and served as the chairperson of Vernon Winter Carnival for two years.
This is Olesen's second shot at the mayor's position, having run for mayor in the 2018 municipal election.
He also ran in the 2021 Vernon by-election for a seat on council.
“It's a big decision that doesn't come lightly for anyone who decides to seek public office, but in the recent weeks I have had people in the community reaching out asking me if I was going to run for mayor again this election,” Olesen said. “I will be honest, the last couple years have been difficult with the struggles of housing costs, working the front lines on the COVID Team for Interior Health and managing my work in social services. All of these challenges have made me look at the other side of it, knowing that many individuals and families are facing the same thing I have in our community. This is one of the reasons I have decided to step up and run for Mayor of Vernon along with the support of the community.”
My five key priorities over the next four years if elected mayor will be:
- Climate Leadership
- Economic Growth
- Effective Leadership
- The OCP Development
“In my professional career in leadership roles I have built strong healthy partnerships with communities. I look forward to listening to this community and bringing your concerns as a leader in the mayor's role to our city council,” said Olesen.