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Victor Cumming declares intention to run for mayor of Vernon

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September 04, 2014 - 5:04 PM

VERNON - There’s a new face in the quest for Vernon’s next mayor.

Victor Cumming, 59, announced Thursday he will run for the role in the November municipal election. Current mayor Rob Sawatzky recently said he won’t be seeking reelection.

“I believe I have the necessary experience, expertise, sense of humor, and the desire to work tirelessly for our community and our region, to become Vernon’s next mayor,” Cumming said in a press release.

The father of four moved his family and consulting firm (Westcoast CED Consulting Ltd.) to Vernon in 1992 to take advantage of the high quality, low cost, family friendly lifestyle of the North Okanagan. Since moving to the city he has engaged in the community, balancing work and family life by serving on boards of local organizations as well as coaching and playing for various sports teams.  

Cumming's firm is currently working with local regional and First Nations governments in Canada, providing economic development, integrated planning and business establishment and operation assistance. Cumming also taught community economic development at Simon Fraser University.

"I am fortunate that I am now in a position to offer my time and energy to fill the Mayor’s chair, and to serve the community where we chose to raise our family and grow our business," Cumming said. "If elected, I will immediately wind down my professional responsibilities to focus my attention on the full-time role of Mayor."

Cumming was born in Golden B.C. in 1955. He is the youngest of four in a family that moved about the province before settling in Naramata. He attended Penticton High School, played team sports and then went off to the University of Victoria to earn a Bachelor of Arts in economics and geography in 1977, followed by an MA in rural planning and development from the University of Guelph in 1990.

His work has taken him oveseas to Botswana and the South Pacific island of Vanuatu.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

 

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