Klassen has spent the last six years on the Board of Education as a trustee, but will not be rerunning this year. He is also involved as a pastor at the Fort St. John Alliance Church and is a chaplain at the Fire Department.
Klassen grew up in Fort St. John and has since raised his children here. He says he want to have a part in making the city a place where people want to live, like he does, and not just a place to make money.
He believes his involvement in the community has earned him its respect and hopefully its vote.
"I think I've got the respect of people in the community. I've been involved here as long as I've been here so I think that there's a good chance that I can get people's vote."
Appreciative of the efforts council has made to involve the community, Klassen wants to continue to get its input. He stresses it's important for council to know its policies and plan for the future, and hopes council will take a proactive role in directing the city within those policies.
One of the top issues he expects to hear about during the campaign is taxes. His motto seems to be to spend wisely, but strategically and to keep in mind where the city wants to be 5-10 years from now.
As Klassen departs the school board, he leaves the second official trustee position open, as Erin Evans will be on maternity leave. With more possible departures, the Board could be looking to fill quite a few seats. Klassen encourages anyone with a passion for education or the community to consider running.
Nominations for both the School Board and City Council are now being accepted. The last day for submissions is October 14, 2011.