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Council candidates begin to launch campaigns

As the municipal election gets closer, council candidates are starting to launch their campaigns. Dylan Bressey is one of them hoping to get a seat at the council table.

He says he doesn’t have any specific projects he wants to work on but hopes to bring connection to the community.

“I work with young people and I know they feel really disengaged from politics in their community. I want to be a voice for young people to tell them they have a voice here. I am one of those guys that moved up to Grande Prairie and really needed my community. I want to show people that come to town that there is opportunity here.”

Bressey moved up to Grande Prairie about 5 years ago from Calgary.

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In the next few months, he will also be starting GP Round Table for locals to take part in. He says they will take place at local coffee shops around the city. He has started a forum for that project online.

Bressey feels that his input in community projects has inspired him to throw his name in the hat for a position on council.

“I got to be part of building the disc golf course here in Grande Prairie. I got to come sound and approach council. I got to say here is something that would be so great for the community. They were really open for us. Canfor was generous with us. We have this facility that hundreds of people use every week in the summer.”

Bressey’s campaign slogan is “Sustainable. Livable. Connected.”.

Michael Wolfel, Morgan Suurd, Tyla Savard, Ramesm Rajnut, Wade Pilat, Cooper Morrison, Jill McCue, John Croken, Tyler Buldford, Clyde Blackburn, and Kristopher Arcand are new to the list of candidates this year.

Chris Thiessen, Kevin McLean, and Bill Given have all officially thrown their names back on the list of candidates for the next term.

Anyone who wants to run for council is able to pick up information packages at city hall during business hours. The city has put in a new rule this year that anyone that plans to run must file an Intent to Run for Office.

The election will be held October 16th, 2017.

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