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What would happen if the Vernon vote was left up to high school students

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November 18, 2014 - 7:27 PM

VERNON - Vernon’s newly elected council would look a bit different if left up to a group of high school students.

According to Student Vote—a province-wide program giving youth under the voting age a chance to learn about democracy and voting—Vernon Secondary School students had some different ideas about who should sit on council.

The 1,065 Vernon students agreed with the city’s voting populace that Akbal Mund should be mayor, and Dalvir Nahal, Scott Anderson and Brian Quiring councillors. But instead of Bob Spiers, Juliette Cunningham and Catherine Lord, the students would have elected Colt Wilson, Kari Gares and Shawn lee.

The students were also asked if they were in favour of borrowing up to $70 million to upgrade the Greater Vernon Water system. The majority (117) voted no, and 71 voted yes.

Armstrong Elementary School students’ vision for city council mostly lined up with that of the voting public. The only change they would have made would be to elect Kerry Bennington, Helen Jackson and Dave McKechnie as city councillors.

When the polls closed Saturday night, 29,286 students had cast ballots from 276 schools across the province.

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

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