B.C. municipal election 2018: Vernon results

In Vernon, Victor Cumming has been elected as mayor. Cumming captured 4,928 votes, defeating three other candidates: Darrin Taylor (3,608 votes), Eric Olesen (990 votes) and Art Gourley (229 votes), according to unofficial City of Vernon preliminary results.

Earning spots on council were Brian Quiring, Scott Anderson, Dalvir Nahal, Kari Gares, former mayor Akbal Mund and Kelly Fehr.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates.



Victor Cumming

Art Gourley

Erik Olesen

Darrin J. Taylor


Scott S. Anderson (incumbent)

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David Deshane

Teresa Durning

Kelly Fehr

Jasmine Finlay

Sherrilee Franks

Kari Gares

David A. Hesketh

Don Jefcoat

Lily Kerr

Rick Lavin

Shawn Lee

Gordon Leighton

Kevin Lepp

Jamie Morrow

Akbal Mund (current mayor)

Dalvir Nahal (incumbent)

Brian Quiring (incumbent)

Dawn Tucker

Terry Vulcano

Sam Zaharia

Referendum questions

Are you in favour of the Regional District of North Okanagan adopting the following bylaws:

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– Greater Vernon Cultural Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2785, 2018; and
– Greater Vernon Multi-Purpose Cultural Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2786, 2018

which authorizes the Regional District of North Okanagan to establish a cultural service and borrow an amount not to exceed twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) for the purpose of financing a portion of the monies required for the acquisition of lands and construction of a new Multi-Purpose Cultural Facility for the Greater Vernon Cultural Service.


Vernon is a city in B.C.’s Southern Interior. It’s located about 50 kilometres north of Kelowna.

Population (2016)



Vernon was once known as “Nintle-Moos-Chin” by the Syeelhwh people, a word that means “jumping over creek.”

It refers to BX Creek, and how it was possible to leap across it.

The first white settler to see the Okanagan Valley was David Stuart of the Pacific Fur Company in 1811.

The first white settler in the Vernon area, however, was Luc Girouard, who came in 1861.

He was followed by Forbes and Charles Vernon, who took into their possession a ranch once owned by Charles Houghton.

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It was known as the Coldstream Ranch — today, the District of Coldstream bears its name, just as Vernon bears Forbes Vernon’s.

The Vernon town site was settled in 1867, in an effort to service ranches that were springing up around the region.

It was incorporated as a city in 1892, the same year a spur line known as the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway was finished, and it would become the biggest city in the Okanagan Valley for a time.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median


Crime Severity Index (CSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal/B.C.

156.99 (+18.68)/93.63 (-0.71)

RCMP — rural/B.C.

65.2 (+37.32)/93.63 (-0.71)

Violent Crime Severity Index (VCSI) — 2016

RCMP — municipal/B.C.

113.34 (+16.62)/74.86 (-9.81)

RCMP — rural/B.C.

24.03 (+36.30)/74.86 (-9.81)

Political representation


Mel Arnold (Conservative)

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Eric Foster (BC Liberal)