Search Well Underway for NDP Candidates in Prince George Ridings
Prince George, B.C. – Now that the BC Liberals have confirmed Mike Morris and Shirley Bond will seek re-election in their respective Prince George ridings, how are preparations going for the NDP?
Fairly well apparently.
“The search has started,” confirms Trent Derrick, search candidate chair for the party’s Prince George-Valemount riding association. “We’ve been searching for the last several months. We’ve been in contact with some great potential candidates that I’m pretty happy with.”
He says there are three or four serious candidates considering a run but isn’t naming names quite yet.
“Some are big names, some are quite well known in the community and we have some that aren’t as well known but I think they are strong candidates.”
Derrick says the goal is to have a nomination meeting by late fall which he notes will give the candidate plenty of time to prepare for the election next May.
Having run for the NDP federally last year, he confirms the candidate won’t be him.
“No, it won’t be me.”
Political groundwork is also well underway next door in the Prince George-Mackenzie riding says constituency president Bobby Deepak.
“Oh yes, we’ve had a number of people interested in running to be the candidate for the BC NDP,” he says. “So far – until the nomination date is set – I think that everyone is being a bit quiet and you’ll probably see some news releases in the near future.”
He expects the party to have a candidate in place by late fall or early next year.
And Deepak, who ran unsuccessfully against Mike Morris in the 2013 provincial election – hasn’t ruled out running again.
“I haven’t decided. This is something that I think I’m going to have to think really hard about. Just because I’m established in my law practice and I have a bit of a routine going and running again will mean big changes for that. I’m not saying no, but I think at this time I’m not saying yes either.”
And though the NDP haven’t elected anyone in the area for close to two decades, he still sees the ridings as winnable.
“The fact is that the BC Liberals will have been in power for 16 years by the time of the next election,” says Deepak.
“They have nothing to show for it other than bad government, broken promises and scandals. Whether that be the triple delete scandal, the yoga-gate scandal, the ethnic vote scandal or the health care firings. The list seems endless.”