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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Born and raised in Fort St. John, by-election candidate Jon Gosselin is looking to take the next step in supporting the community after years of volunteering.

“I’m not about making specific promises. I’d rather work on accomplishments, and I’m the guy that’s been boots on the ground for the last few years making sure that people are able to make it in our community,” says Gosselin.

Gosselin takes pride in making life better for community members, from collecting Christmas hampers to running the local Care Mongering group. If elected, he would like to be a strong voice for all non-profits in the city.

“‘I’m a firm believer that people shouldn’t have to decide between buying groceries and feeding their kids or paying rent. One of the biggest reasons [why I decided to run] is I thought this would be a great place for me to have another avenue to keep up that kind of work.”

Being the father of three kids, Gosselin wants to make sure the supports are there for them in the future.

“For example, my daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD. I want to make sure that there are programs in place that are there for them when they get older.  I want to make sure that mental health isn’t a problem because I’ve grown up in this town for a long time, and mental health has rather been ignored for most of my life.”

Gosselin’s platform also focuses on community engagement between the city and residents, and fiscal responsibility.

“…making sure that they’re putting the money in the right spots that the members of our community want them to.”

If elected, one existing project he hopes to lend his voice to is the Kin and Surerus Park redevelopment, especially when it comes to the state of the soccer pitches.

“I do love the fact that the city’s putting an emphasis on updating our parks. Beautifying Fort St. John is one of the things that I love about our current Council for working towards, but I think, personally, there are some misconceptions in what’s needed.”

Gosselin believes the city is focusing on sections of the parks that need upgrades but aren’t necessarily a priority.

“I think Surerus, personally, is a priority. If kids aren’t able to actually use the fields, what’s the point?”

Another one of his priorities is focusing on addiction within the city.

“The city’s trying to debate between having safe injection sites or whatnot. I would prefer to see a rehab center here. I know a lot of people don’t want to travel to Prince George, Kelowna or Vancouver to get help.”

Gosselin says he is fine-tuning his priorities through his Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the election.

“Congratulations to all the other candidates, obviously, because it takes a lot of courage to step up and put yourself in the public spotlight like this. And it’s not something I ever thought I’d ever do, either.”

The official candidates vying for Becky Grimsrud’s council seat along with Gosselin are Sarah MacDougall, Tom Whitton, Jim Lequiere, and Trystan Jones.

The by-election will take place on May 15th at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

Advanced voting is expected to take place on May 5th and May 12th. Special voting opportunities are expected to occur at senior care facilities on May 13th and the hospital on May 15th.

More information can be found on the City’s website.

 

 

 

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