Fort St. John city councillor Jim Lequiere is planning to have his name on the ballot come this October's municipal election.
First chosen in May of last year in a run-off to replace Becky Grimsrud, the 64-year-old heavy duty mechanic and tradesmen made his intentions known Thursday morning on his personal Facebook page.
“I still have the enthusiasm to make Fort St. John the community that I live in a better place and have a quality of life for the families and residents here,” he said.
Lequiere will, once again, run for the role of councillor.
He said one of the benefits of being on council has been to listen to and work with residents on their concerns.
“You know, throughout the year, I have had a lot of people and families come to me, 'Hey Jim, can you look into this for me? Or what's the reasoning why the city is doing this?'”
“One of the proudest things is being a conduit for the people of Fort St. John,” he added.
Asked if there are projects he'd like to see advanced or completed, should he be elected to his first four-year term, Lequiere listed a new aquatic centre to replace the existing leisure pool and upgrades to both the Kin and Surerus sports fields.
“Living here for some 38-plus years and to see the revitalization of those two parks is fantastic.”
Known for his sharp wit and love of community, particularly in the sports community, Lequiere has sat on a number of volunteer boards with the city's minor hockey, baseball, and soccer leagues, and as councillor on the emergency planning, youth advisory, tourism, pool, and mayor's committee on economic recovery.
He is also the president of Josh Lequiere Society, an organization in honour of his late son that helps families cover the cost of a child to play a sport or go to camp.
Lequiere is the second councillor this week to put their name forward for councillor.
Tony Zabinsky announced on Monday he would no longer be running for mayor but opting for a councillor position instead for personal reasons.
Candidate nominations officially open on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Election day is Saturday, Oct. 15. Advanced voting days for the city are set for Oct. 5 and 12.
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