Smithers Mayor To Run for NDP Nomination in Skeena-Bulkley Valley

John Crawford

Saying "the cat's out of the bag", Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach announced on Facebook yesterday that he's running to be the next NDP candidacy in Skeena-Bulkley Valley.

"This is a big step for me and my family and I want to thank everyone who's reached out to us over the past month to offer their encouragement," he said in his Facebook post.

[FACEBOOK PHOTO:  Taylor Bachrach announces he's running for  NDP candidacy]

Bachrach says he wants to ensure the voices of the northwest are heard when decisions are made affecting the region.

He says he also wants to bring people together. 

"Unfortunately more and more we see a politics of division and contempt and I don't think that's the way we move forward together.  I believe that we need to show respect for each other, regardless of our differences and regardless of whether we agree -- in fact, maybe especially when we disagree," he said.

Bachrach began his political career 11 years ago when he was elected as a councillor in Telkwa -- he then ran successfully for the mayor's chair in Smithers in 2011.

The riding has been held by New Democrat Nathan Cullen since 2004, but at the beginning of this month, Cullen announced he would not run for re-election in October.
The NDP riding association will hold a candidate selection meeting in Terrace on May 25th.

Other parties have already announced their candidates for election -- former Kitimat Councillor Claire Rattee is running for the Conservatives, while Rod Taylor will again represent the Christian Heritage Party.

The Liberals and Greens have not yet announced their candidates.

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