Albas nominated in new riding

Former Penticton city councillor confirmed to run for Conservatives in new riding to the north

MP Dan Albas has just been confirmed for the next stage of his political career.

Albas, who was elected as Okanagan-Coquihalla MP in 2011 following the resignation of Stockwell Day, has now been confirmed as the Conservative Party’s nominee for the newly formed Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola riding.

Albas was acclaimed as the Conservative candidate after a two-week nomination process, which closed on May 15 with only Albas having submitted an application. Mark T. Ziebarth, president of the Conservative riding association, said they are extremely pleased to have Albas as their candidate.

The former Penticton city councillor announced he would be seeking the COSN nomination last year, after the B.C. electoral boundaries commission redistributed Okanagan-Coquihalla into two new ridings by drawing a new boundary between Summerland and Penticton.

Albas also moved his family to West Kelowna, the centre of the new riding, last year and looks forward to representing them in the next parliament, according to Ziebarth.

Albas will continue to represent Okanagan-Coquihalla until the new ridings come into force with the dissolution of parliament for the 2015 federal election.