Fort St. John City Councillor Don Irwin will be requesting a two-month leave of absence from his role as councilor.
The request will be made to City Council on Tuesday.
Irwin says he is requesting the unpaid leave to take time to focus on his campaign for the Conservative candidate nomination for the Prince George – Peace River riding.
He says he has chosen to request a leave of absence at this time since he was acting mayor in August and September and did not want to step down when he had that additional responsibility.
Although Irwin will be missing out on discussions on upcoming city budget items, he says decisions regarding the budget won’t be made until January and February. He also says he feels City residents will be well represented by the other councillors while he is away.
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Irwin says that while he is on leave, the three committees in his councillor portfolio will be allocated to other councillors.
He says that during his leave of absence he will travel throughout the riding, working on his campaign and suspects that the next couple of months will be very competitive between the various candidates.
The race has been on to replace the current Member of Parliament, Jay Hill, who will be stepping down on Oct. 25. So far, four people, including Irwin, have announced their intention to run for the nomination.