Too many white people on council, says Dawson Creek councillor

Incumbents endorsing each other is a slate that doesn’t provide diverse opinions.

It’s the same old, same old on council – says current Dawson Creek city councillor Mark Rogers.

He says he’s stepping off city council with the hopes people who better represent the Dawson Creek demographic will run.

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“I’m going to be blunt. There are too many old white guys and too many people who have been on council way too long. This is not good for Dawson Creek,” he says.

Indeed; note the staircase leading up to DC council chambers is adorned with pictures of councils of the past. There is a common thread about the councillors - male and white. “When you look at the candidates that are currently running they do not represent the Dawson Creek demographic. Our community is young with a variety of ethnic backgrounds,” he says.

“Many of the candidates are even endorsing one another. That is a slate and won’t provide our city with diverse opinions and ideas on council. I really hope that before the Friday deadline some people will step up and run to ensure we get some new voices on council. If they don’t, we won’t even have an election. We really need people to step up and challenge the status quo.”

Fort St. John councillor applauds Mark Rogers

FSJ city council incumbent Byron Stewart says he applauds statements made by Rogers.

“I have a great deal of respect for Mark Rogers  and his words are strong,” said Stewart on social media.

“Our northern communities are far more diverse in culture and race and perspective than ever before,” noted Stewart, who arguably, sits around a council with the same basic make up and experience as Dawson Creek.

“I applaud these statements and encourage all to be involved with the future of the community you call home,” added Stewart.

If you’re looking to run in Dawson Creek – or anywhere in BC — and haven’t filed already, or made up your mind — you have until today, Friday, September 14 at 4 pm to submit your papers.

For Dawson Creek, nomination packages are available at City Hall. For more information: go to http://www.dawsoncreek.ca/election or contact Chief Elections Officer Brenda Ginter at 250-784-3614 or bginter@dawsoncreek.ca.

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