Release – At 9:15 a.m. on Oct 6, Henry Braun filed his nomination papers at Abbotsford City Hall under the witness of City Clerk, Bill Flitton. Two Abbotsford icons and former area mayors, George Ferguson and Dave Kandal, signed his nomination papers, giving Braun the nod to run for mayor.In 1995, the two former mayors, Ferguson and Kandal, were involved in the successful amalgamation of the District of Abbotsford and the Distract of Matsqui to form the City of Abbotsford. With their legacy engrained in the history of Abbotsford’s growth in agriculture, business, education, and athletics, both see eye-to-eye in nominating Henry Braun for Mayor. “George and I share many of the same values: open and transparent government and fiscal accountability,” Henry Braun stated, when asked about his endorsements. “George is someone who believes we are servants of the people, not masters of the people—a view I also hold.”
Ferguson is no stranger to politics. His career in local politics started in 1969. He served until 2008, missing just three years due to his one and only political defeat in nearly 40 years of public service. In 2011, he was honoured with the Order of Abbotsford and as Abbotford’s Citizen of the Year.
Kandal was the final mayor of the former District of Matsqui and gave way to Ferguson in the first election of the newly amalgamated City of Abbotsford in 1995. Kandal was inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame for his commitment to recreational development, including an elementary school’s basketball league and many athletic facilities in the former District of Mastqui.