by Contributor on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 3:50pm

 

 

 

 

            As the youngest candidate once again, it's time for one seat to sit a new councilor under the age of 30 to bring forward a new generation of views, ideas and energy. Born, raised and living in downtown Castlegar, this is my third attempt at running for a seat on Castlegar city council. My first attempt was in the municipal election three years ago, while my second being last year’s by-election.

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Elections 2014 Candidates

CANDIDATE: Colleen Ross (Grand Forks)

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CANDIDATE: Ed Smith (Greenwood - Mayor)

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Candidate: Bob Kendel (RDKB -- D)

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Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan grew up in small towns near our family farm and spent my school years working on ours and neighbours farms. I have been married for 34 years and have three grandsons ages eight, six and three.

CANDIDATE: Kenneth Harshenin (SD51)

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CANDIDATE: Cathy Korolek (GF -- council)

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I am Cathy Korolek, married, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Originally from Fort St. James; we moved to Grand Forks in 2003. Rod started work at Pope & Talbot and I opened my shop, Heart n’ Sole Quilts. 

CANDIDATE: Mark Danyluk (SD51 Trustee)

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CANDIDATE: Jaime Massey (SD51 -- Trustee)

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CANDIDATE: David Reid (SD51 -- Trustee)

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CANDIDATE: Katie Jepsen (SD51 -- Trustee)

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Hi fellow residents of Grand Forks,

CANDIDATE: Michael Wirischagin (GF -- Council)

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I am Grand Forks born and raised with my family lineage spanning four generations in this community from my parents, to my grandparents, to myself and now through to my daughter. I have decided to seek a third term on council as I have a vested interest in Grand Forks- this is where my family lives and this is where I am raising my family.

CANDIDATE: Zak Eburne-Stoodley (GF -- Council)

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I am a life-long resident. Grand Forks is a gem among communities and I couldn’t picture living anywhere else. I will work hard for this community and make sure the community gets their voice heard.

CANDIDATE: Teresa Rezansoff (SD51 Trustee)

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CANDIDATE: Teresa Taylor (GF -- Council)

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CANDIDATE: Val Rich (SD51 -- Trustee)

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CANDIDATE: Frank Konrad (GF -- Mayor)

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CANDIDATE: Brian Taylor (GF -- Mayor)

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CANDIDATE: Monique Van Eywk (GF -- Council)

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I am a hard working, dedicated mother whom has had enough of sitting back and complaining about the town.  Now I have decided to run for office to help bring changes, for the better. 

CANDIDATE: Donna Semenoff (GF -- Mayor)

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The City of Grand Forks is my home.  Born and raised here, I've kept returning - because of family, the friendliness of the people and the nourishing natural environment.  

CANDIDATE: Lorraine Dick (GF -- Council)

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CANDIDATE: Nipper Kettle (Greenwood -- Mayor)

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CANDIDATE: Julia Butler (GF - Council)

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CANDIDATE: Roly Russell (RDKB -- Area D)

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CANDIDATE: Baun Mark (GF -- Council)

I am a Grand Forks businessman and entrepreneur. This city has been my home for 60 years.  I started my first business 50 years ago shortly after I finished high school and I have started and operated several successful businesses here in Grand Forks since. 

Presently, my wife and I are owners of the Grand Forks Castle Renovation Centre and Castle Flooring & Kitchen Design Centre. I have 6 children aged 6 to 46 years.  My wife, Mei-Lan and I have been happily married for almost 19 years.

CANDIDATE: Christine Thompson (GF -- Council)

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CANDIDATE: Vicki Gee (RDKB -- E)

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 In 1999 my family & I finally realized our dream of moving to the Boundary.  We love the wide open spaces & the small town atmosphere.   We want our grandchildren to grow up here and we want to grow old here. 

CANDIDATE: Chris Hammett (GF -- Council)

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My name is Chris Hammett and I’ve decided to run for city council because I am committed to this community and would like the opportunity to work with council and staff to promote economic growth. 

What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?

Candidate: Cher Wyers (GF -- Mayor)

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Grand Forks was my family’s destination seventeen years ago to establish our aviation business. Who could resist the charm and beauty of this idealistic community and the friendly people! Our son Jeffrey recently purchased property in the valley so it’s becoming a family affair.

CANDIDATE: Neil Krog (GF Council)

Hello my name is Neil Krog. I am a First Aid Safety Instructor for Selkirk College, I own Twisted Forks Catering. I have previously served on City Council for 15 years and was a Director for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. 

CANDIDATE: Richard Fausten (GF -- Council)

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I grew up in Europe, in a country then known as Czechoslovakia. After graduating from trade school and the University of Prague, I had a degree in electronics.  I worked in the research department of the Tesla/Philips company until the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. I escaped to Austria, where I resided briefly before I immigrated to Canada. I have decided to run for council to improve communication between the residents of the city and council.

CANDIDATE: Gary Smith (GF -- Council)

In 2003, I moved here with my wife, Carolyn, from Abbotsford. Back then, I started an agricultural consulting business and currently work with two of the largest nurseries in our area. We still very much love living here and are delighted to have two of our grown children in the valley with us, as well as our two grandchildren. Over the years, I have contributed to many volunteer organizations and boards. I spent six years as a Firefighter and First Responder on the Volunteer Fire Department.

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