Albas sets sights on Conservative candidacy

City of Penticton Coun. Dan Albas is putting his name forward to run as the Conservative candidate in the Okanagan Coquihalla riding.

Dan Albas chats with a group of hikers preparing to take a walking tour of Campbell Mountain. The Penticton City councillor has decided to go after a nomination to take over from Conservative MP Stockwell Day when he steps down at the end of the current mandate.

Dan Albas chats with a group of hikers preparing to take a walking tour of Campbell Mountain. The Penticton City councillor has decided to go after a nomination to take over from Conservative MP Stockwell Day when he steps down at the end of the current mandate.

City of Penticton Coun. Dan Albas is putting his name forward to run as the Conservative candidate in the Okanagan Coquihalla riding.

On Friday it was announced that MP for Okanagan Coquihalla Stockwell Day will not be seeking re-election at the end of this mandate.

Albas said since Day’s announcement a number of citizens, supporters and friends have urged him to consider putting his name forward and seek the nomination to be the next Conservative candidate.

“While the role and responsibilities might change, my commitment to listen to people and take their concerns forward remains. I believe that people deserve public representatives who are accountable and will return phone calls and communicate regularly with the people they serve,” said Albas on his blog Penticton Politics.

Albas added that over his time in council he has met many people and been fortunate to build strong working relationships with the senior government representatives.

“Through both my work as a councillor, and as a former riding president, I have been very impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of our Member of Parliament, Stockwell Day who has demonstrated the importance of strong representation of Ottawa. I do not want to see this important legacy diminsh,” said Albas.

For more on this story see Wednesday’s edition of the Penticton Western News.

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