FORMER SPARTAN ZIMMER ELECTED IN PRINCE GEORGE

SPARTANS NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

FORMER SPARTAN ZIMMER ELECTED IN PRINCE GEORGE

Prince George, B.C
.- For Prince George, there is a new face, but no new party in Ottawa. Bob Zimmer, the Conservative candidate for Prince George- Peace River has been elected. This is a riding which has been traditionally Tory, with Jay Hill holding the post for 18 years.  Zimmer just got the nod as the Conservative candidate a couple of weeks before the election was called “It’s a pleasant surprise” says Zimmer “First time out, you just  never know if the base of support is there, but the voters gave us a resounding thumbs up.” Zimmer also thanked the other candidates in the race for their tough but good campaigns.

Zimmer, who is a graduate and former men's rugby coach at Trinity Western Universtiy, won the seat for the Prince George-Peace River riding with more than 60 per cent of the vote.

Zimmer had led the way throughout most of the night, beating out NDP candidate Lois Boone, who was considered a strong candidate against Zimmer.

The Conservatives have won the election with the majority Prime Minister Stephen Harper had said was needed after seven years of minority governments. This is the first majority Conservative government since the once elected under Brian Mulroney in 1988.

Photo: Newly elected MP Bob Zimmer stands with his son at his campaign office in Fort St. John./ Sean Assor

Last Updated: 2011-05-04
Author: Scott Stewart