Former Vernon mayor launches bid for Conservative nomination
A former Vernon mayor has entered the crowded race to represent the region in Ottawa.
Wayne Lippert, who served two terms as mayor, announced Friday that he will seek the Conservation nomination for Okanagan-Shuswap leading up to the 2015 federal election.
“I have had many people ask me to stay involved in politics. They appreciate what I’ve done before,” he said.
“I talked to my family and they are behind me 100 per cent. They said, ‘Dad, you like to help people.’”
Lippert joins Salmon Arm businessperson Mel Arnold, Vernon businessperson Scott Anderson and former Lumby councillor Janet Green in the race to replace Colin Mayes, who will retire as MP once his term is over.
“I intend to build on his (Mayes) successes while promoting those conservative values most important to the citizens of the Okanagan-Shuswap,” he said.
“The biggest thing I have to offer is the experience (of being mayor). I have worked with the other levels of government.”
A priority issue for Lippert is addressing public concerns about a range of issues.
“We have to look after jobs and lifestyle,” said Lippert, who is a mechanic and has done some consulting work.
Lippert’s bid for the Conservative nomination has been endorsed by Darrel Stinson, former MP.
“He’s really approachable and we worked well together,” said Stinson.
“He’s willing to roll up his sleeves and he’s a hard worker.”
There has been speculation that Lippert would attempt to return as Vernon mayor during November’s civic election, but he insists his name won’t be on the ballot.
“It won’t be there because I plan to win this nomination,” he said.
It’s expected that a Conservative candidate will be selected Oct. 4.