A political heavyweight will be entering the race for DC council.
While it was previously reported, former mayor and South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom has told The Mirror he will be running for a seat on city council.
Lekstrom served as mayor for two terms from 1996 to 2001, and was a city councillor for three years prior. From 2001 to 2013, he was the MLA for Peace River South, and in the BC Liberal government he spent time as the Minister of Community Development; Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; and Transportation and Infrastructure. He left the BC Liberals from 2010 to 2011 over the HST implementation, but returned to the party before declining to run in the 2013 provincial election.
He says that he enjoyed his time as an MLA, but with a large family in DC, the travel became too much, and that municipal politics has always been an interest of his.
As for incumbents, Councillor Paul Gevatkoff, who previously said he was undecided, has told The Mirror he will be running for re-election.
Councillors Cheryl Shuman, Shaely Wilbur, and Charlie Parslow have also said they intend to run for re-election. Of the incumbents, only Terry McFadyen has ruled out a bid for re-election, while Mark Rogers has previously said he is undecided.
Newcomer Jerimy Adam Earl has thrown his name in the ring as well. Raistlin van Spronsen has decided not to run.
For mayor, Dale Bumstead will run for re-election.