The BC NDP are putting forward their candidate for the Boundary-Similkameen riding three days after Premier John Horgan called a snap election.
Roly (Roland) Russell was announced along with seven other NDP candidates following “the close of voting for contested nominations last night,” the BC NDP stated in a press release Thursday.
The announcement follows Oliver town Coun. Petra Veintimillla’s appointment to run for the BC Liberals earlier this week.
Russell is the director for Electoral Area D (Rural Grand Forks) in the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary (RDKB).
“I’m thrilled to represent John Horgan’s team in Boundary-Similkameen,” stated Russell in a party press release.
He won the nomination contest over Oliver town Coun. 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,” Russell stated.
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.
In the party's press release, Russell outlines his priorities including protecting the health of B.C. 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. I’m eager to work with a John Horgan government to keep the Boundary-Similkameen and BC moving forward.”
British Columbians head to the polls Oct. 24.
Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Times-Chronicle