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Prince George election 2018: Radio man Ron Polillo wants a seat on school board

Voters head to the polls Oct. 20
Ron Polillo
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On Oct. 20, Prince George residents will pick one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees. The ballot will have two mayoral candidates, 13 councillor candidates and 11 school trustee candidates. There are also 15 candidates running in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.

PrinceGeorgeMatters has sent out a list of questions to those vying for a seat in public office. 


Name: Ron Polillo

Running for: School trustee

Age: 49

Number of years lived in Prince George: 25

Current neighbourhood: Lakewood

Occupation: Broadcaster (program director of 99.3 The Drive and 101.3 The River)

Reason community would recognize your name: I have dedicated countless hours over the last 25 years with community groups as an executive member and volunteer. I have emceed hundreds of community events in the past two decades and I have been on the air in Prince George for 25-plus years.

What is the most important issue facing the School District 57, and how do you propose to deal with it?

Three main issues: capacity, catchment and classroom.

What is your specific reason for running?

I’m passionate about education. It’s so vital for our students' future success.

Where can the school board spend less?

Less money on bureaucracy and red tape.

Where should the school board be investing more?

More on our students and the support network for students. Invest in technology, resources and programming.

Next time you’re walking in the woods and you come face-to-face with a Sasquatch, what do you do?

Have a beer with him. A Kokanee, of course.

If the next school board does something film-worthy, who would play you in the film?

Jason Alexander. Some people think I look like George Costanza.

Complete the sentence...

When I’m not at home or at work, you can find the community, volunteering and enjoying this great city with my two daughters.

The most random, yet interesting fact about me is: I shared a famous last name with Horseshack from Welcome Back, Kotter.

My favourite beverage is: Italian red wine

For Christmas/Hanukkah/the gift-giving season, I would like: Will volunteer my time and give to great causes like the Salvation Army Christmas kettles, St. Vincent De Paul and more.

The best park in/near to Prince George is: Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, The Ancient Forest

If Prince George didn’t exist, I’d be living in: My hometown of Revelstoke

When I need some pump-up music, I listen to: 99.3 The Drive/101.3 The River.


Hanna Petersen

About the Author: Hanna Petersen

Born and raised in Prince George, Hanna Petersen is a graduate of UNBC. She then abandoned her hometown for the East Coast, graduating with a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in the process.
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