Doug Roper, a city councillor since 2009, has announced he will be running for the position of mayor in this fall's election. Roper says it's time the people of Fort Nelson have a choice in who governs them.
"It will be a race, and people will have a choice, and I think primarily that's a really good thing for democracy."
Admitting he's not a seasoned politician – he's only served three years on council – Roper says he's a good listener, and represents the interests of the community well. Roper has a reputation for being outspoken in council, but says his philosophy is that councillors should be independent and represent the people that elected them, adding he won't change in that respect.
His platform will be built on quality of life services like bringing back health care services and infrastructure for young families coming to town.
"Part of my frustration over the past three years is that we've done very little to address that situation. We have to make sure if we invite young families up here, that they can actually have a house to raise their families in, have good quality healthcare services, good recreation services and a good quality of life."
Mayor Streeper took over the position in 2009, voted in by acclamation, after serving as a councillor since 2002. He has been criticized for spending much of the winter at his home in Costa Rica, and once using city funds to fly him back for an emergency meeting. He will be running for reelection this fall.
Although Roper says he could have easily packed it in after achieving his goal of developing the rec centre, he says the job is not finished and there are a lot more major decision to make.
Fort Nelson residents along with residents in the rest of the Province will make their decision on November 19. Anyone interested in joining the run for mayor or council has until October 14 to hand in their nominations.