The stage has been set for the 2015 federal election in Okanagan-Shuswap.
Mel Arnold, a Salmon Arm businessman, became the Conservative candidate Saturday. He will go up against Liberal Cindy Derkaz, the NDP’s Jacqui Gingras and Green Dave Smith.
“I am looking forward to the honour of being the Conservative candidate and building on the good work Colin Mayes and our Conservative government have accomplished”, said Arnold after nomination results were announced.
“Winning the candidacy is now the first step toward winning the next election and providing the best representation possible for the residents of the entire riding.”
Also seeking the Conservative nomination were Vernon’s Scott Anderson, Janet Green, of Lumby and Wayne Lippert, of Vernon.
Mayes, who is retiring as MP, is rallying behind Arnold.
“I am looking forward to assisting Mel Arnold in becoming familiar with every corner of this riding and the issues that are important to the constituents,” he said.
“As I continue to represent this riding I will do my utmost to ensure a seamless transition when Mel becomes the next MP in this electoral district upon my retirement in October of 2015.”
Arnold has operated Complete Marine in Salmon Arm for 25 years.
He is a past-president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation and has been involved in the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce and the Shuswap Pro Development Association president.