A lifelong Vernon resident says he's seeking a seat on city council to make a change.
"Standard political campaign strategies and personas are alienating to general residents," says Patrick Vance.
He's seeking "greater community engagement" and says "local government has the power to transform the city we live in."
Vance, 46, is a full-time single father of two.
He works for Interior Recycling as an environmental technician and is a business graduate of Okanagan College.
Vance says he has "extensive personal experience" with crime in the city and wants to do something about it.
This has included theft, arson, assault and vandalism.
"We need to address the need for safety on our street," he says, "not just for businesses and homed residents, but also for marginalized people whose disadvantaged position in society makes them easier targets for criminal activity, resulting in theft and addiction.
"It will take a shift in attitude to believe it's more important to assign hope than blame."