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Fort St. John byelection: Candidate list grows to five

Trystan Jones filed his nomination papers Tuesday
Trystan Jones
Byelection candidate Trystan Jones hopes to bring more attention to social issues in Fort St John.

A fifth candidates has put their name in the running for May’s city council byelection in Fort St. John.

Trystan Jones filed his nomination papers Tuesday morning, and joins four other candidates who filed last week to replace outgoing councillor Becky Grimsrud.

Jones, a political science alumni at Simon Fraser University, grew up on a farm in Rose Prairie, and is of Scottish, Welsh, and Chinese descent. 

Jones was the target of anti-Asian racism in the city last spring, and recently gave a Tedx Talk at his university where he shared experiences growing up in the region as an Asian Canadian, and called for open dialogue around race issues.

“I’ve found it’s the perfect opportunity to put into practice some the things I’ve been talking about, with some of the activist work I’ve doing in regards to anti-racism or domestic violence,” said Jones.

“My hope is to help be a voice, a young voice, and a progressive voice for the future. I think that we’ve spent too long worrying about the finances of Fort St John and not enough time on the social issues, the ones that really matter."

Also running for council are Tom Whitton and Jim Lequiere, as well as Jon Gosselin and Sarah MacDougall.

Candidate nominations are open until April 9, and forms are available at city hall and on the city website.

The election is May 15 and will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, with advance voting opportunities May 5 and May 12.

A special voting opportunity at senior care facilities and the hospital is tentatively set for May 13, depending on COVID restrictions at the time.

— with files from Tom Summer

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