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All councillors plan to run for reelection, Mayor undecided

Councillor Don Irwin says he will be running, but hasn't decided whether it will be for councillor or mayor. Lori Ackerman was more vague, stating she will be running, and that her plans will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

However, Mayor Bruce Lantz says he hasn't 100 per cent decided whether to run again, but admits he is leaning towards running.

If he does run, he expects quite a bit of competition. He predicts at least two others would be running against him, and speculates there may be up to four.

Regardless, he is confident he would have a chance at reelection. He says he takes pride in what he's done in the past three years, citing keeping taxes low and reducing crime. He also says he's proud of how the city has built a personal relationship with Air Canada, resulting in such projects as installing a wheelchair ramp at the airport.

That sense of achievement extends to councill overall, as he feels they have done an "absolutely excellent job", but realizes it all depends on how the public views the work they've done.

While Lantz is happy with his current council, he is looking forward to seeing some new faces in the running.

The general feeling from all involved is that there aren't any specific issues that will be contentious come campaign time.

The public will officially know who is and isn't running come October 14, the last day nominations will be accepted.

Anyone interested in running can now obtain information from City Hall. Nominations will be accepted as of 9:00 a.m. October 4.

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

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