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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are seven candidates in the municipal by-election race officially as nominations closed on Friday.

Edwina Nearhood has over 25 years of experience in the Fort St. John Real Estate market and says it could prove to be very beneficial in work as a councillor.

“I have over 25 years experience in the Fort St. John Real Estate market as a real estate appraiser so I have a lot of insight and experience in understanding the impacts of the economics in our community. With that role, it has been my whole career analyzing and researching what makes our community strong, what are the drivers and what are our weak points.”

Nearhood comes from a family that has over five generations here in Fort St. John.

“My grandfather settled here in the early sixties and was involved in the oil and gas industry at middle age.

Fort St. John has been our family home community for almost sixty years. Moving forward and back, I’m in the middle of those generations and I’ve got children and grand children here. So making a strong future for them.”

She also manages a heart condition that she was born with. She says she understands the need for proper medical care and attention.

“A couple of years ago, I got into some trouble and at that time our healthcare system was in a lot of trouble and I was one of those people that fell through the cracks as a result of poor access to specialized healthcare.”

Nearhood says the experience helped her realize that if you want to be heard, become involved and make a difference. As a result, Nearhood became heavily involved in the health advocacy network.

“I’m a volunteer for the patient voices network and that connection has put me onto regional boards involved with policy setting and health improvement projects. I’m also on a provincial board on the patient advisory committee, I’m a chair for the Association of the Registered Nurses of B.C.”

She hopes her many different perspectives will be beneficial if elected as a City Councillor for the city.

“What I would bring to council is, I bring many different levels. I bring the broad visionary focus, broad visionary eyesight but I also bring the small detailed focus on day-to-day things.”

For more information about Edwina and her campaign, visit

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