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Sharp expected to be unveiled as B.C. Conservative nominee
The B.C. Conservative Party is a few days away from announcing the first contender for the party's Kamloops South Thompson nomination.
Regional director Alan Forseth said in a release that the as-yet-unnamed candidate has previous political experience and will be a familiar face to Kamloops voters.
The party will unveil their first prospective nominee to the public on Monday, Nov. 26 at noon in Gaglardi Square.
It is expected the nominee will be Peter Sharp, the former Kamloops city councillor and current vice-president of the B.C. Conservative Kamloops-South Kamloops riding association.
Forseth said he is still expecting other nominees to come forward for both the Kamloops South Thompson and Kamloops North Thompson ridings.
The local members will likely elect their candidates early in 2013.
Meanwhile, B.C.'s Green party is on the hunt for Kamloops candidates who want to make the proposed Ajax mine an issue in the upcoming provincial election.
Party leader Jane Sterk told KTW she has had letters from a number of local voters who are concerned the copper and gold mine proposed for south of Aberdeen isn't going to garner enough attention in the lead-up to the May 14, 2013 vote.
"They want to know what the Green party's position is," she said. "We could take a position but, if we don't have a candidate, that means it's unlikely to get into the election discussion."
Sterk said the Green party doesn't support Ajax's construction, arguing the project has too many drawbacks to conform to the party's mining policy.
"It's right within the city limits, it's a pretty massive project, it has implications for water resources and waste management that are probably not easily met within the city itself," she said.
While the Greens have a small following in the Kamloops area, Sterk said prior membership isn't a condition for running here.
"We have a lot of people that are applying to be candidates that are essentially joining at the same time as they apply," she said. "They learn about the Green-party policy and say , 'Wow, that fits with me'."
In the past two provincial elections, the party has picked up about seven per cent of the votes in both the Kamloops-South Thompson and Kamloops-North Thompson ridings.
But, Sterk said, there's still a chance for a Green candidate to pull out a win here.
"Who knows what might happen in this election?" she said. "It might be a transformative moment where people say, 'I want somebody that wants to see change happen'."
The Green and B.C. Conservative candidates will have much less time to get their names out than their B.C. Liberal and B.C. NDP counterparts.
Tom Friedman and Kathy Kendall, running for the NDP in the south and north respectively, were nominated in the summer of 2011.
Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake and Todd Stone — who replaces retiring MLA Kevin Krueger as the B.C. Liberal candidate in the south — formalized their campaigns in August.