Photo: Bob Zimmer stands with his family after he officially announced he would run to represent the federal Conservatives in August 2010 – Kimberley Molina/


Bob Zimmer will represent the Conservative party for Prince George-Peace River in the next federal election.

Zimmer was able to win the Conservative nomination after a week of voting that started Monday in Fort Nelson and ended Friday night in Prince George. The Conservatives used the preferential voting system and on the sixth ballot Bob Zimmer was named the winner.

Fort St. John City Councillor Dan Davies came in second followed by Colin Kinsley and Don Irwin.

Zimmer was born in Dawson Creek and has lived in Fort St. John for most of his life. He attended Trinity Western University and the University of British Columbia and has been involved with politics since 1987, when he signed up with the Reform Party.

Former Member of Parliament for the Prince George-Peace River riding Jay Hill stepped down on Oct. 25 and, according to Elections Canada, a by-election must be called within 180 days of a MP’s resignation. The last day the Prime Minister can call the election for our riding is Saturday April 23, 2011.

To date Lois Boone has announced she will run for the NDP and Hilary Crowley will run for the Green Party. The Federal Liberals haven’t announced a candidate.