City councillor announces pursuit of Peace River North candidacy

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — No stranger to running in a political race, city councillor Dan Davies officially launched his campaign to be the next liberal candidate for the title of Peace River North member of legislative assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

The current Liberal MLA for this region, Pat Pimm, announced in November his intentions to retire upon the next provincial election, on May 9, 2017.

Davies, who is also a school teacher at Duncan Cran Elementary School, first ran for the title in 2009, against Pimm and now-Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman. He then entered the race to be Prince George-Peace River’s Conservative candidate in the 2011 by-election, but now-MP Bob Zimmer was elected.

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Davies vowed that, if elected, he would commit at least a few days a week to a constituency office in Fort Nelson to be accessible to the people of the Northern Rockies.

“It’s a big riding, it’s an absolutely gigantic riding. I can’t say I even know all the issues of the riding, and that’s why I have to be going out to the different communities and listening to the people about what’s going on,” he said.

The biggest priority of his campaign, he says, is to boost the natural resource sector.

“We must have these LNG projects move forward,” he said. “There’s 3,200 trillion cubic feet of gas in the northeast. … They need us, they need the gas that we have.”

At the announcement last night, Davies was joined by family, friends, and colleagues, including fellow city councillor Byron Stewart, in support of his political endeavours.

Once again, Davies will be in the race against Mayor Ackerman for the title. She announced her candidacy officially on Tuesday night.

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