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Time is Near!


Well this will be the last post before the big day tomorrow, so lets do a bit of housekeeping. First just a reminder that you can vote from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at any of the locations listed below:

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

So get out there and let your council know you care.

Second I would like to thank Albert Koelher for participating in the pgelxn blog. I would also like to thank school board trustee candidates Katie Cooke, Don Sabo, Denise MacdonaldDori Alger, Tony Cable, Trish Bella, and Valentine Crawford all for participating as well. I have chatted with candidates and it looks like this election was a lot more work than ones past so I hope that means that more people are getting out to vote. Maybe positive changes are coming for our city.

Thirdly I was sent an email the other day that gave me a huge boost. This blog takes a lot of time during election time and I do it because I want to help make Prince George a great city. So when I get emails like the one below

“Thanks for hosting all of this information centrally.  This made me feel a lot more informed regarding the candidates and perceived issues for Prince George.  I think this is the push I need to get out and vote this year. A great big thank you!  Laura”

it makes it all worthwhile. My goals has always been to get more people out to vote and with the number of views I have been getting this last week (3026 on Thursday and 2768 as of 10:08pm on Friday) I know people are finding value in this blog.

The fourth and last thing I would like to talk about is something that happened to one of the council candidates. Unfortunately Trent Derrick answers to his Prince George Citizen questions got switched with someone else and he is getting dragged through the mud for these other answers. I don’t know what happened at the Prince George Citizen, but Trent has proved me a link to his correct answers on the updated Citizen article on their website. Follow the link below

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2 More Councilors + 18 School Board Trustees

VoteWell we only have 5 more day until we vote for our new Mayor and Council. I would like to thank Ron Gallo and Roy Spooner for participating in the pgelxn blog. Have you decided who your voting for yet?

I have been getting a ton of e-mails from people asking for information about the School Board Trustees. I have caved to the pressure and add a school trustee page for each candidate running for those positions. I know it is a bit late in the game, but time is hard to come by right now. So I hope this will help those that have been asking and I hope that the candidates get their information in.

Today has being a crazy day on the pgelxn blog. Besides adding pages for all of the School Board Trustees, and getting at least 20 emails from all you great people, the visits to the blog have been through the roof. Today alone (as of 2:45pm) we are sitting at 1086 visits. That is amazing and I can not thank the citizens of Prince George for supporting this blog.

I got an email yesterday from Chelsea asking about when and were people can vote and what time. She had an interesting idea about how to get people out to vote. Now her idea is not rocket science, but a great idea none the less and one that I did not think about and wonder if the city has thought about it. Chelsea idea revolved around sending out a simple reminder card stating where, when, and what time you can vote. A lot of people may not know that information and a simple card in the mail could fix that. A great idea and a simple one. For those of you that do not know the When and where’s of this coming election here you go:

November 5th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 12th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 13th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • UNBC: Doug Little Lounge

November 15th, 2014 (General Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

All of this information can be found on the City of Prince George website as well.

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First Mayoral Response

Don ZurowskiWe have just gotten our first response from one of the two gentlemen running for mayor of Prince George. Thank You Don Zurowski for participating in the PGELXN Blog and Good luck on your candidacy. The last 3 days have been very busy on the blog with 407 people visiting on Tuesday, 655 visits on Wednesday, and 781 visits on Thursday. Keep spreading the word and let your neighbours know that the information is out there to help them vote.

The Mayoral forum was well attended last night at UNBC in the Canfor theater. The theater holds about 250 people and there were people standing along the top as every seat was full. The forum was very well done as the moderator held each candidate accountable to answering the questions asked as well as letting them have some fun with each other. I thought the last question was really good as the moderator asked Lyn Hall to sum up Don Zurowski’s platform and what he learned about don that night. She them asked Don to do the same for Lyn. It looked like both were caught a bit of guard by this and it allowed for some unscripted commentary for both mayoral hopefuls. Were you at the forum last night? How did you think each candidate did? Leave your comments and let others know that could not make it last night to the forum.


I have included the link to the CKPG News site on their story about the Forum last night Mayoral Candidates Square Off at UNBC


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6384459Well yesterday was a busy day for the PGELXN Blog as 407 people visited the page to grab their information for the upcoming election, which by the way is only 10 days away. I have added two more candidates to the blog. Thank You Jason Luke and Ravi Saxena for submitting your platform and information so the citizens of Prince George can make informed decisions on November 15th.

Have you made your decision yet as to who you are voting for? Leave comments here and let us know who you are voting for and why?

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17 more council candidates to go!

Another 4Well we are getting down to the final days of the campaign trail for all the candidates with only 13 day until decision day. Thank you to Debora Munoz, Harry Ulch, Terri McConnachie, and Travis Shaw for participating in the PGELXN blog. We now have 9 candidates participating on the blog. Spread the word so we can get the other 17 council candidates to participate and the 2 mayoral hopefuls.

The volume of traffic has picked up since the lost post and is now receiving 100 visits a day steadily. I suspect that like last time that number will grow significantly as we draw closer to election day.

This year I have not been able to make it out to very many of the forums that go on in the city during election time. Not everyone can get to the forums, so my hope with this post is that people will leave comments highlighting the best parts of the forums that they attended so that people can get an idea of what is being said by the candidates.

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20 Days & Counting

4Well we are now only 20 days away for election day. Thank you Brian Mix, Jillian Merrick, Monica Peacock, and Trent Derrick for your participation in the PGELXN blog. More candidates have contacted me and are going to participate in the PGELXN blog, so keep checking back. My goal is to have 100% participation this election so that the citizens of Prince George can get their information and get out and vote.  Spread the word and let people know that there is a resource out there to help gathering your information to vote easier.

There has been some questions on Twitter about why I do not include the school trustees in the blog. Last election I decided to create this blog a bit late in the election and did not have enough time to gather what I needed to make it fair for the people running. This year with 26 people running for council and two running for mayor I have found it a bit overwhelming to include the 18 school trustee candidates as well. That would bring the total number of candidates on the blog for this year to 46. I hope that there is someone in Prince George willing to take on the school trustees and help them have their voices heard.

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Prince George Citizen Fourm

Well tonight was the Prince George Citizen forum at the Ramada Hotel and it was very well attended. every seat in the house was full and the sides as well as the atrium outside of the conference room was pack with standing citizens. It was great to see this type of response from the city seeing as the first three forums had very poor turn out. Only three candidates did not make this forum and those were Brandon Lewis, Bruce Fader, and Travis Smith. There was a lot of great questions and the council candidates only have 30 seconds to answer them. Mayoral candidates had a minute to answer the questions, but this was in part due to only four candidates showing up. I hope that this is a sign of things to come, and I believe it is, as we get closer to the November 19th election.

I have added another submission to the council page. This submission is from Myrt Turner. With this submission i now have only 9 more council candidates to get submissions from and 5 more mayoral candidates. I have gotten e-mails from a few saying they are sending in something and I have chat with a few at the forums that have said the same thing. So we should have full participation.

I have received an e-mail from a school trustee that is hoping I can add a page on here for them. I will be adding that page in the next day or two as I am hearing a demand for citizens for this as well. I have not been overly interested in the School district trustee race, but seeing as I have two daughters that attend school in Prince George I should probably take a much bigger interest in how running and what for.

Here are a few of the tweets that came up on twitter from the Prince George Citizen forum….

anitapamaral Nov 03, 6:01pm
Standing room only left. Should be a good forum tonight. Come on down for a 6pm start. pgelxn.wordpress.com #PGelxn #iheartPG 
anitapamaral Nov 03, 6:49pm
Gotta say @ShariGreen4Mayr has really seemed to kick this election up a notch. Some refreshing comments and very well spoken tonight #PGelxn
KCreamore Nov 03, 6:51pm
And Fetterly has arrived and only an hour late. Kind of weird to see him in a suit & tie. #PGelxn pgelxn.wordpress.com
anitapamaral Nov 03, 7:00pm
#PGelxn on selling PG: @garthfrizzell “we have to stop being the best well-kept secret” #IheartPG
anitapamaral Nov 03, 7:27pm
Agreed! Let’s vote on Nov19 to shake it up a bit! RT @BillBS @anitapamaral yeah that’s not right that’s why we need new blood #PGelxn
JenniferBrandle Nov 03, 7:29pm
@anitapamaral With #princegeorge Chamber/Public Library Forum this Tues, I’m interested in how the format works tonight, do tell. #PGelxn
ron_gallo Nov 03, 7:42pm
Eugene Fetterley “long live Brian Skakun” at #princegeorgeall-candidates forum #PGelxn
BillBS Nov 03, 7:49pm
Garth you’re right on – one of our best.
ron_gallo Nov 03, 7:52pm
Loud and sustained applause for Brian Skakun in reference to his stand on transparency. #PGelxn
BillBS Nov 03, 8:02pm
One of the Mayoralty candidates is an embarrassment yet he gets applause.
anitapamaral Nov 03, 8:11pm
“we need to flatten city hall…. I mean we have to flatten the decision-making in city hall” @stolzpg #freudianslip#PGelxn
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Local Media: Council Candidates

So in an attempt to clean up the blog feed I have compacted the past Local Media post into a couple of posts. The first one was a post for Mayoral candidates and links to past articles about the candidates running for mayor. The second post, this post, is links to past articles about council candidates. So here are links to past articles about council candidates

Scot Affleck

Prince George Free Press – Affleck focuses on municipal spending

John Beebe

Prince George Citizen – Candidate frustrated by council procedure changes

Prince George Citizen – Running for councillor: John Beebe

Joanne Dickenson

Prince George Citizen – Houston councillor added to PG ballot

Frank Everitt

Prince George Free Press – Labour boss shoots for seat on council

Prince George Free Press – Dickenson runs for city council

Dorothy Friesen

Garth Frizzell

Prince George Citizen – Frizzell to seek reelection

Jordan Gadsby

Prince George Free Press – Gadsby would bring different perspective to council table

Brad Gagnon

Prince George Free Press – Brad Gagnon runs for city council

Lyn Hall

Prince George Free Press – Hall sets sights on city council seat

Albert Koehler

Prince George Free Press – Koehler seeks seat on city council

Murry Krause

Prince George Citizen – Rogers, Skakun, Krause seeking re-election

Prince George Free Press – Krause looking for fifth term on council

Debora Munoz

Prince George Citizen – Munoz seeking re-election

Prince George Citizen – Incumbent, running for councillor: Debora Munoz

Prince George Free Press – Munoz seeks re-election to city council

Travis Shaw

Prince George Citizen – Running for councillor: Travis Shaw

Prince George Citizen – Shaw unveils campaign platform

Prince George Free Press – Travis Shaw seeks spot on city council

Brian Skakun

Prince George Citizen – Rogers, Skakun, Krause seeking re-election

Cameron Stolz

Prince George Free Press – Stolz seeks second term on council

Myrt Turner

Prince George Free Press – Myrt Turner runs for council

Harry Ulch

Prince George Free Press – Ulch seeking seat on city council

Dave Wilbur

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Continued Growth

Well it has been four days since I did an update here and in that time I have gotten responses from a lot of the candidates. They appreciate what I’m doing here and say they are going to send in information. I have updated the Mayoral Candidate page as well as the Council Candidates page. A big thank you to Frank Everitt, Albert Koehler, Travis Shaw, and Brandon Lewis for their responses.

I hope to have more information from other candidates soon and I will post it as I get it. If you use twitter then follow the candidates that use it as it is a great way to get more information from then without having to ask. Please spread the word about this site so that the citizens of Prince George can go to the polls with an informed vote. I also hope that this site can help increase voter turn out by making it easier for citizens that are apathetic about politics. The information is at our finger tips we just need to reach out and grab it. #iheartpg

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