Candidates step forward for local elections

Prince George voters will have 13 candidates to choose from for the eight city councillor spots - and two for mayor.

Willy Ens, a relative unknown, submitted nomination papers Friday to run against mayoral incumbent Lyn Hall.

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Ens could not be immediately reached for comment but on a Facebook page, said he is a "radical non-conformist thinking coach. Here to preserve Mother Earth for seven generations forward."

Running for the remaining seats on city council are Frank Everitt, Viv Fox, Garth Frizzell, Dave Fuller, Murry Krause, Terri McConnachie, Cori Ramsay, Kyle Sampson, Susan Scott, Paul Serup, Brian Skakun, Cameron Stolz and Chris Wood.

As for school board, running for one of five area one (Prince George) seats are Betty Bekkering, Tim Bennett, Sarah Holland, Trudy Klassen, Allan Kranz, Stephanie Mikalishen-Deol, Ron Polillo, Corey Walker, Sharel Warrington and Bruce Wiebe.

Harold Edwards and Bob Thompson are vying to represent area three (Robson Valley) and Shuirose Valimohamed is the sole candidate for area two (Mackenzie).

As for the Fraser-Fort George Regional District board of directors, Warren Wilson, (Electoral Area A Salmon River and Lakes), Bill Empey (Electoral Area D Tabor Lake-Stone Creek) and Art Kaehn (Electoral Area E Woodpecker-Hixon) are in by acclamation.

Here's a look at the contested races:

- Electoral Area C Chilako River-Nechako: Lara Beckett and Colin Clyne.

- Electoral Area F Willow River-Upper Fraser: Kevin Dunphy and Joe Rositano.

- Electoral Area G Crooked River-Parsnip: Terry Burgess, James Clefstad and Pat Crook.

- Electoral Area H Robson Valley-Canoe: Dannielle Alan and Ben Hunter.

Candidacies remain subject to challenge until Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the deadline for withdrawal is Friday at 4 p.m.

The campaign period begins September 22 - although candidates have been allowed to erect signs since September - and general voting day is October 20.

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