Mel Arnold wants to be the next MP for Okanagan-Shuswap.

Mel Arnold wants to be the next MP for Okanagan-Shuswap.

Businessman pursues Tory nomination

Mel Arnold, a Salmon Arm businessman, has announced his intention to seek the nomination for the Conservatives

The race to replace MP Colin Mayes has officially started.

Mel Arnold, a Salmon Arm businessman, has announced his intention to seek the nomination for the Conservatives in Okanagan-Shuswap.

With the news that Mayes won’t seek re-election in 2015, Arnold says the encouragement from his family, friends and associates to seek the nomination “has been overwhelming.”

Arnold has operated Complete Marine for 25 years.

He is a past-president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation and current chairperson of the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s governance committee.

Arnold has also played a role in Rotary and the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, and he is Shuswap Pro Development Association president.

“My background in business and managing large organizations has helped me develop a deep respect for fiscal responsibility and efficient governance – core pillars of the Conservative Party of Canada,” he said.

“There are a wide range of issues across the riding, ranging from highway improvements to economic development and job creation that will be foremost in my efforts for the people of the riding when I win the nomination.”

The Conservatives have not established a process yet to select a candidate, but the party may try and have an individual in place by this fall.