NDP will nominate Penticton candidate on Sunday

David Finnis and Richard Cannings vying to represent NDP in May 2013 provincial election

The Penticton Constituency Association of the B.C. NDP will select a candidate at a nominating convention Sunday at the Shatford Centre.

David Finnis and Richard Cannings are seeking to represent the NDP for Penticton in the May 2013 provincial election.

Finnis served on the Summerland council for nine years and is president of the Summerland Community Arts Council. He was a candidate for the NDP in the last federal election and has served the party as a constituency president and as a delegate to the provincial council.

Cannings is a well-known environmentalist and author. He is one of the founders of the Meadowlark Festival, and his books, particularly those on birds, are popular throughout the country. He is a national board member for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

“We are very happy to have such capable candidates. Either of them would make an excellent MLA and would help to build a much brighter future for B.C.,” said interim constituency president Jeanette Wood.

Harry Lali and Rob Fleming will be guest speakers. Lali is the MLA for Fraser Nicola and the party’s critic for community and rural development. Fleming is MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake and serves as NDP critic for the environment and is deputy opposition house leader.

Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton was selected by the B.C. Liberals last month to replace the retiring Bill Barisoff as the party’s candidate in Penticton.

Doors to the Shatford Centre open for registration at 12:45 p.m. and the meeting begins at 2 p.m. Voters must be an NDP party member for more than 90 days.