Fifth candidate steps forward for Liberal nomination

Mel Arnold is seeking the nomination to replace Shuswap MLA George Abbott

A Salmon Arm businessman wants to represent the Liberals in the next provincial election.

Mel Arnold is seeking the nomination to replace Shuswap MLA George Abbott who is retiring from politics.

“I take pride in the lifestyles in the Shuswap area and want to work with others as partners to build on local and provincial values,” said the 53-year-old who owns a marine and RV repair business.

“I want to contribute to the overall goals of the B.C. Liberal Party and help bring certainty to business in the area.  I also know the environmental challenges facing us in the future and feel I can help find a balance in planning for future growth.”

Arnold says his include financial management, communications and policy development.

“My occupation and volunteer activities have built a wide base of personal and business contacts not only within the Shuswap area but across B.C. and Canada,” he said.

“I feel my background and contact base would be a large asset in the position of MLA and look forward to putting my skills to work for constituents of the riding, the B.C. Liberal Party and residents of B.C.”

His volunteer activities include president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation and governance committee chairperson of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Also seeking the Liberal nomination are Marty Bootsma, Will Hansma, Greg Kyllo and Jordan Ross.

The candidate selection meeting will take place Jan. 5.