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Bruce Fader

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My name is Bruce Fader and I am a mayoral hopeful in the upcoming Prince George municipal election on November 19th, 2011.I am a published poet, an inventor, HAM radio operator (VE7 CUF) and a businessman.  I have owned and run several businesses over the years, always in the black. I have 23 years in law enforcement and have many ideas as to how the city can assist the RCMP in reducing our reputation as the crime capital of Canada.  As the owner of a delivery company, I also have firsthand knowledge of how our roads could be safer and better.  I have spent the last ten years determining how this city could be better served and now I am ready to make it a reality with your help.

I propose a system of Elective Taxation, whereby the tax payers determine where their money goes, not just city hall.  A three year property tax freeze for first time buyers and seniors.  Expanded recycling services, both as pertains to location and the types of items processed by them; i.e. if it has a recycling logo, the city would take it.  An end to catering solely to special interest groups.  Increased tourism, better bicycle paths that wouldn’t contend with traffic, more youth oriented activities, an online swap shed to reduce waste throughout the region, as well as many road projects improving traffic flow and safety.  I also want to see a greater emphasis on city beatification by planting flowers on the boulevards and rehabilitating paved road islands into prettier, treed dividers. I wish to remove fluoride from our water and give greater ability to the people of Prince George to opt out of certain city services if they so choose.

Currently Prince George is averaging 400 new housing starts a year, but we should be targeting for 4,000.  Without positive growth, both downtown and elsewhere, our fantastic new international airport will continue to languish.  We need to curb our spending, too, and pay down the debt saddled on us by previous administrations.

Prince George is a city on the cusp and depending on the next few years it will largely be determined if we will have a stronger voice provincially and federally, or if we will continue to be left in the wake of other fledgling cities, like Kamloops and Abbottsford.  Prince George has the potential to be the Jewel of the North, but it is only going to attain that under the proper leadership; leadership like I will provide.

You can receive more information on my website: http://www.pgvision.ca

Remember, on November 19th, 2011, cast your vote for me, BRUCE FADER as your mayor.  Thank you!

Eugene Fetterly

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Shari Green

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I am running for Mayor because it’s time to get Prince George moving beyond the status quo. I am a business owner, taxpayer and leader in our community, with a strong and principled business perspective. We have challenges throughout our community that require decisive action. Financial Discipline: It’s time to challenge staff to bring forward cost reductions and to find efficiencies in all operations. I will pursue a core review of all service delivery methods: how we do things, who does them and what are the results? Whatever savings and efficiencies we can find, I want those dollars redirected to our core service needs – road repair and snow removal. We need to tie new spending to revenue generation and growth. This means that our ability to spend is directly related to our ability to pay. Crime: I will work to strengthen our municipal laws and enforcement, to get tougher on grow ops, crack shacks and gangs. Proven and effective programs like the Downtown Enforcement Unit and the restaurant/bar owners’ safety program need our support. Let’s get moving on creating a gang tip line for our youth or we will lose the war with gangs. I will work vigorously with the Provincial and Federal Governments with their dollars to fill the vacant Judicial and Sheriff positions so that justice is swift, and to expand the Crown Prosecutor’s office to specialize in gang crime. Growth:To see real population growth, we need to re-open our doors to families and employers and jobs, so we can all realize the tremendous opportunities in our city. Let’s hang an “Open for Business” sign on the City of Prince George. This means doing what it takes to attract and keep employers in Prince George. Let’s strongly promote our economic development goals by capitalizing on our industry, transportation and international opportunities.City Hall: City Hall needs to develop a culture of “Yes”, and embrace the relentless pursuit of customer service. I will promote a culture of empowerment, where staff can provide solutions to challenging problems. Customer service will shine through all city services and staff. The Office of the Mayor will be more accessible to every citizen.

City Council: My proven leadership style is inclusive. I build relationships with trust and mutual respect, and nurture them. That is how I can build a team, and count on them, by utilizing all skills and abilities around the Council table, where everyone feels valued. The Mayor’s race is all about leadership. With my inclusive leadership style and a Council team whose skills and abilities are fully utilized, creating a culture of “Yes” at City Hall and focused on the relentless pursuit of customer service, we will build a stronger community with affordable tax rates, continued declines in crime, and see real growth in our population. Then we will change the conversation about Prince George for the better. For more information go to www.sharigreen.ca

Alex Huber

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Brandon Lewis

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I have spent my entire life in Prince George and am a recent graduate of UNBC with a degree in Mathematics. My goal is not to sit here and talk about all I have accomplished or to slander other candidates but to inform you about me and my ideas.Having worked with the Canadian Forces Reserves Cadet program for the last four years as an officer in a leadership role and most recently being employed by Statistics Canada as a Manager I believe that I would be able to provide direction and support for a new group of councillors as Mayor. The fiscal irresponsibility of the last municipal government has put Prince George in a tough situation financially and the city needs a strong new group to put it back on the right path. My goal would be to help draw more business investment into Prince George without spending so much money that our debt would get worse but rather improve.Structuring the building and renovation permits as well as the signage laws to allow the business to grow will help to make Prince George more attractive to businesses from out-of-town and thus help to generate more revenue. Doing this we will be able to increase the population and city income which could help us to reduce taxes instead of raising them. The other benefits coming from more business in town will be keeping the talent we develop at UNBC and CNC, we will rejuvenate downtown and increase community pride.My ability to look at numbers from a very analytical perspective will help to make cuts from funding the nice to haves, such as a new wood innovation center, and put the right amount of money into the need to haves, such as roads and snow removal.I am very active within the Prince George community working with the Salvation Army, Royal Canadian Legion, coaching volleyball and participating in different sports leagues. Being involved with people from all parts of the community gives me a good understanding of different opinions from around the town. If we continue to vote in the same old guard, whether it is the mayor or old councillors, they will continue to make the same decisions that have been sending Prince George in the wrong direction.I come into the election with no hidden agendas or debts to repay; all funding has come out of my pocket. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me and please, on November 19th let’s make a change for the better, vote for “A Fresh Perspective”, Brandon Lewis for Mayor.

Dan Rogers

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I was humbled to have been elected as your Mayor in 2008 and it’s been a honour serving the citizens of this great city for the past three years.   I first got involved in the community as a volunteer in the early 90’s because I thought I could make a positive contribution. It’s the same reason why I’m running for re-election as Mayor.  I love this City and it’s been great to me and my family.  Now I want to make it even better by building on the positive achievements of the past three years.  I am also eager to ensure we continue to deliver high quality service while keeping taxes in check. My diverse experiences have shaped a balanced and inclusive leadership style and also taught me what it takes to achieve success.  It takes enthusiasm, a commitment to lead by example, and the dedication to try and be better every day.   I bring a wealth of experience and a positive attitude. Under my leadership and with the support of Council, we shifted budget priorities to allocate a record amount to road rehabilitation. That was highlighted this past year with a record high investment of $3.5 million dollars.  The downtown is significantly better.  It’s cleaner, safer, and hundreds of new jobs have been created by new private sector investment.  Perhaps our biggest achievement though was beating out two great competitors in the City of Kamloops and the City of Kelowna in winning the rights to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. My priorities are clear and are laid out in detail on my website (www.DanRogers.ca). They are:BETTER ROADS:  We have shifted our priorities to allocate more money to fix our roads but we can do more.STRONGER NEIGHBOURHOODS: We must strengthen our neighbourhoods by being more responsive to their local priorities and giving people greater say and involvement in how money is spent in their neighbourhood.

BETTER BUSINESS: Better business means building on our strength as a resource centre and a transportation hub.  We must take advantage of the profile that comes with hosting the Canada Winter Games to attract new investment. Better business also means building on our relationship with UNBC and CNC to create a stronger knowledge based economy.  We must also continue efforts to keep taxes in check while staying focused on improving air quality, reducing crime, and creating a clean and healthy city.

My involvement in local government since 1993, combined with the strong relationships I have forged at the regional, provincial, and national level will continue to be a great asset in tackling the complex challenges we face. Now it’s time to build on the opportunities before us and I’m excited to provide the experienced and balanced leadership that is necessary to build on the momentum of the past three years.  On November 19th I am asking you to join me as we continue to build a better Prince George.

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