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Vernon council candidate has a legacy to honour

Kari Gares is running for a seat on Vernon City Council, 2014.
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October 01, 2014 - 10:00 AM

VERNON - The latest person to announce her candidacy for a Vernon City Council seat says she has politics in her blood — after all, her grandfather was an Alderman for the city 50-plus years ago.

Kari Gares was born in Vernon and has a degree from UBCO in history and psychology. She describes herself as passionate for community and small business, having established many businesses in the community herself over the years. And she suspects her passion for politics comes from her bloodline. Her grandfather was an Alderman for the city from 1959-64.

"He was a progressive thinker who believed Vernon could be something special," Gares says in an email. "I would like to help my grandfather realize this by trying to finish what he started all those years ago. Vernon needs progressive and foward thinkers again — those that see the need for business development and infrastructure creation."

Gares believes to stay true to the families that live (in Vernon), it is a must to do what's needed to keep them here. While working as a mortgage broker in Vernon, she says she saw first-hand the challenges many families face.

"Vernon has a voice that needs to be heard. There is a real need for positive growth both economically and fiscally, and I believe the people want to see these changes reflected in the decisions that the city makes," she says. "It is a delicate balance between fiscal responsibility and growth but I know I have the knowledge and the will to make this a city that many are willing to call home; a great place to live."

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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