FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.– Local governments in the Peace region saw more candidates join the race on Friday.

Shaely Wilbur, a long-time Dawson Creek councillor currently serving her third term, is running for the mayor’s seat.

Councillor Darcy Dober, currently in his first term as councillor, will also seek the top spot. Dawson Creek’s current mayor, Dale Bumstead, announced he would not run again last February.

Dawson Creek currently has nine candidates running for seats on the council:  incumbents Amy Kaempf, Jerimy Earl, and Charlie Parslow will run as well as newcomers Aaron Rogers, Sue Kenny, Kyle MacDonald, Raistlin Van Spronsen, Mike Sudnik and April Cire Floriant. 

Two candidates are running for school board trustee in School District 59: Chad Anderson for rural areas surrounding the city and Roxanne Gulick for Tumbler Ridge.

In Fort St. John, Lilia Hansen is so far the only candidate for mayor. The city’s current mayor, Lori Ackerman,  said she would not run again in June.

Councillors running in Fort St. John so far include Lyle Goldie, Sarah MacDougall, Amy Cox, Gary Patara and three incumbents, Jim Lequiere, Byron Stewart and Gord Klassen. 

No candidates have filed to run for trustee positions in School District 60 yet.

One candidate, Don McPherson, is running for mayor in Tumbler Ridge so far.

Councillors running in Tumbler Ridge include Chris Norbury and Roxanne Gulick.

One candidate, incumbent Elizabeth (Betty) Ponto, is running for council in Taylor. Brent Taillefer submitted papers to run for mayor on Wednesday. 

Incumbent Leonard Hiebert is so far the only candidate for Electoral Area D’s seat on the Peace River Regional District board of directors. No candidates have registered to run in other electoral areas so far.

Candidates for mayor and councillor seats in local governments can enter the election up until September 9th, 2022. The general election will be held across the province on October 15th, 2022.

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Grace Giesbrecht

Grace Giesbrecht is a news reporter for who recently graduated from Trinity Western University with a bachelor of arts in Media + Communications. She was born and raised just outside of Fort St. John. She began reporting for her university’s student newspaper and interned with Ottawa Life Magazine where she developed a passion for asking questions, telling stories, and the written word. In her free time, you can find her drinking coffee, snowboarding, or reading novels.