Five-way race to succeed George Abbott in Shuswap

Liberals will select a candidate Jan. 5 to run in the spring provincial election

There are five people seeking the Liberal nomination as a result of Shuswap MLA George Abbott retiring from politics.

There are five people seeking the Liberal nomination as a result of Shuswap MLA George Abbott retiring from politics.

Five people hope to carry the Liberal banner in next spring’s provincial election in Shuswap.

Seeking the nomination to replace retiring MLA George Abbott are Mel Arnold, Marty Bootsma, Will Hansma, Greg Kyllo and Jordan Ross.

“We are very pleased with the five candidates we have running for our nomination in Shuswap,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“We need a Shuswap MLA that will continue to fight for job growth and a strong economy. I’m confident each of these candidates would be a great addition to our 2013 team.”

Arnold is the operator of a marine/RV business in Salmon Arm and he served nine years on the board of the B.C. Wildlife Federation.

Bootsma sat on Salmon Arm city council for 12 years, with six as mayor.

Hansma owns the Okanagan Advertiser newspaper and he is the former five-term mayor of Spallumcheen.

Kyllo is a councillor for the District of Sicamous and owner of Twin Anchors Marine Group.

Ross is a businessman and former vice-president of the Shuswap B.C. Liberal Riding Association.

The candidate selection meeting will take place Jan.5.