Greens open provincial nominations for 2017

The deadline for nominations is September 5.

From left: Sjeng Derkx

From left: Sjeng Derkx

The Green Party has opened the floor for nominations in the Nelson-Creston riding, and three people have already announced their plan to run. The deadline for nominations is September 5.

Former Regional District of Central Kootenay director Andy Shadrack, who was the party’s candidate in the riding in 1996, will seek the nomination, along with former Nelson city councillor Kim Charlesworth and regional district Area E director Ramona Faust.

The Greens’ candidate from the 2013 election, Sjeng Derkx, says he has decided not to run again.

Stefan Jonsson, communications director for the party, said the candidate will be chosen by an online vote of members in the riding.

He told the Star this week that the Greens will be running a candidate in every BC riding except Delta South, where they want to support Independent MLA Vicki Huntington in her run for re-election.

Jonsson said Green Party membership province-wide is about 2,000, more than double the number at the last election, and he said a recent poll conducted by the Innovative Research Group puts Green support at 15 per cent, its highest number ever.

Election results in Nelson-Creston in 2013 were: Sjeng Derkx (Green), 20.95 per cent; Greg Garbula (Liberal), 28.32 per cent; and Michelle Mungall (NDP), 50.73 per cent.

Nominations may be made online at bcgreens.ca until September 5 at 5:00 p.m.