The race to represent the Conservatives in Ottawa is growing.
Vernon resident Scott Anderson announced Friday that he is seeking the nomination for Conservative candidate for Okanagan-Shuswap in the 2015 federal election.
“This seat is considered to be a safe seat for the federal Conservatives,” said Anderson.
“Whether that’s true or not, it means that competition for the Conservative candidacy will be strong. It’s crucial that the candidate who is ultimately chosen be a true conservative with the credentials to prove it.”
Besides Anderson, the other declared candidates are Lumby’s Janet Green and Mel Arnold, from Salmon Arm. MP Colin Mayes has indicated that he will not seek re-election.
Anderson believes it’s important to represent everyone in the riding, from the Shuswap to the North Okanagan
“I intend to build a broad coalition of people from across the region and seek input from everyone no matter where they live in the riding,” he said.
Anderson owns a corporate communications business and small trucking firm, and he is a commissioned officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves. He sits on several boards and committees and is a member of the Silver Star Rotary Club, the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s policy committee and Toastmasters.
He has previously ran for the B.C. Conservatives and Vernon city council, has been a campaign manager in two federal elections and was a legislative assistant for a Reform MP in Ottawa.
“Now it’s time to put that experience to work for the people of the North Okanagan, and I ask them to place their trust in me,” said Anderson.
It’s expected a candidate will be selected Oct. 4