Germuth, Johnston Faceoff In Kitimat's All Candidates Forum

Marek Tkach

Council and Mayoral candidates in Kitimat had the opportunity to persuade voters with their plans for governing Kitimat over the next four years.

That took place at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre last night.

Council hopefuls had the chance to answers numerous submitted questions while being judged by the audience.

On the Councillors Ballot you'll see: Mark Zielinski, Lani Gibson, Mary Murphy, Peter King, Mario Feldhoff, Rob Goffinet, Vanessa Lopez, Jonathan Borgens, Larry Walker, Edwin Empinado, and Terry Marleau.

In the Mayoral race, incumbent Phil Germuth is taking on challenger Dave Johnston.

Keeping families and retired workers in Kitimat was a huge issue on the agenda last night, and Johnston says if elected he plans on rejuvenating Kitimat's arts and culture scene.

"You need to have attractions, reasons for them to stay, and small business opportunities. I think way way to do that is something similar to Cow Bay (in Prince Rupert) down on the docks. Also having those boardwalks, and small shops promoting arts and culture." Johnson said.

In Germuth's retention plans, he says he'll continue to have resource benefit sharing discussions and negotiations with the provincial government through the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance.

"By having healthier communities and a healthier region you're obviously able to have more amenities that are going to keep people there. We want to attract the young techs, and everybody to be able to come to Kitimat and see what we have to offer. We (Council) have also discussed the possibility of putting in some mountain bike trails and increasing recreation opportunities." Germuth said.