Don Irwin has announced he will be running for the federal Conservative candidate position.
The Fort St. John city councillor and principal for the Christian Life School made the announcement just one day after the current MP Jay Hill said he would not seek re-election.
Hill has represented the Prince George – Peace River riding since 1993.
Irwin says he thinks the area has been well represented and wants to continue with that representation.
He says that as a councillor, he knows the challenges some people face living in the North.
There are three main issues he says he wants to pursue if elected. One is using natural gas for vehicles, another is continuing to build good relationships with his constituents and with the local governments, and he wants to get more youth involved in the political process.
He says one of the biggest challenges for residents in the north is transportation and he feels there are many things that can make the infrastructure more accessible.
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Irwin was born in Toronto and spent 21 years in Ontario before going to school in Edmonton. He has lived in B.C. for the last 30 years and has spent seven years in Fort St. John.
He says he feels he has a greater federal perspective having lived and worked in three provinces across Canada.