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Rob Fraser vies for mayor's chair in home community of Fort Nelson

The outgoing mayor in Taylor, Fraser grew up in the Northern Rockies community
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Current Taylor mayor Rob Fraser has put his name forward for mayor in his hometown community of Fort Nelson.

Rob Fraser is throwing his hat into the ring for the role of mayor in Fort Nelson, a community he grew up in.

The current mayor for the District of Taylor, the avid outdoorsman acquired a trap line two hours outside of the town in 2019.

Fraser has a history with the town, not only being raised in the community but working in the resource sector as a young adult, including at West Coast Energy.

He left in 1988 to pursue other opportunities, one of which was with the Workers Compensation Board, and the start of public life in Taylor, twelve years as a councillor, and eight as mayor.

While an extended political career may not have been in his original retirement plans, Fraser says he was asked by people in his home community if he would consider running there.

"I originally didn't consider the idea, but as I continued to check for support around the community, as I re-acquainted myself to the community, I was seeing more and more support and interest started to materialize," said Fraser, who made it known in June he wouldn't be putting his name forward in Taylor.

"I believe I can offer a choice for the citizens of Fort Nelson."

With family and friends still in Fort Nelson, the former five-year volunteer firefighter in Fort Nelson regularly visits the town and as he ends one chapter, he's looking forward to the next.

"I am happy to be back in the community I knew as friends in my childhood. I am a winter person so I am excited to get back out onto the trap line. I'm excited for the future of this community," said Fraser.

"I believe we will see the resource industries making a move in this next (four-year) term and Fort Nelson is the service centre for the resource sector in the far north."

"I would love to be a part of that."

"I really think the residents of the Northern Rockies are looking for an experienced hand to help lead the team and move the community forward over the next four years and I feel I can do that."

Even with today's announcement, Fraser maintains his role as Taylor's mayor until a successor takes his/her oath of office in November.

He becomes the first name on October’s municipal election ballot in Fort Nelson for the mayor’s chair.