Tories choose local candidate

Three people in the running to represent party in Shuswap constituency

B.C. Conservatives are preparing to head to the polls.

The Shuswap constituency association will select a candidate for next year’s provincial election Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Hall in Salmon Arm.

“We expect about 200 people there,” said Beryl Ludwig, constituency president. “Party leader John Cummins will also be there.”

Seeking the nomination are Maureen Walker from Enderby, Ed Klopp from Sorrento and Salmon Arm’s Tom Birch.

The election isn’t until May, but Ludwig says selecting a candidate now will give them a chance to create awareness about themselves and the party’s platform.

Ludwig believes there is a strong opportunity for the Conservatives to take the Shuswap because longtime Liberal MLA George Abbott is not seeking another term.

“We’ve sold 60 memberships in less than a month,” she said.

“People are really coming on board with the party.”

The Liberals have not selected a candidate yet and the NDP candidate is Steve Gunner from Spallumcheen.