Roly Russell of Grand Forks has been chosen by the membership of the party after a number of days of voting.
Aimee Grice of Oliver was not successful in her bid to become the New Democrat candidate.
The election is October 24th
The Greens have not named a candidate
The Liberals in BC did not have a selection choice vote and their candidate was selected by the Party leadership.
Roly Russell, a director for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, has been elected the BC NDP candidate for Boundary-Similkameen for the October 24 provincial election.
“I’m thrilled to represent John Horgan’s team in Boundary-Similkameen,” said Russell, who won a nomination contest over Oliver Town Councilor Aimee Grice. “The BC NDP is the best choice to lead us out of the pandemic, and this region deserves a proactive and strong voice in a renewed John Horgan mandate.”
A proven leader, Russell has served on the RDKB board since 2013, including two terms as Chair. He is currently the President of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments and Chair of the Grand Forks Credit Union Board of Directors.
Russell says his priorities include protecting the health of our forests, economic resilience, affordability and housing, addressing climate change and supporting local communities.
“This place is my home – I was born here – and I am passionate about making sure that we sustain and keep this a beautiful and sustainable region to earn a living and raise our families,” said Russell. “John Horgan’s leadership in the face of the pandemic and the BC NDP government’s willingness to navigate creative solutions following the 2018 floods cemented my decision to run for MLA.”
“We all remember the deep cuts the previous BC Liberal government made to key services that people need, and we can’t afford to go back to those dark days.” said Russell. “I’m eager to work with a John Horgan government to keep the Boundary-Similkameen and BC moving forward.”