Neufeld steps up for Conservatives

Former aide to Stockwell Day announces he's in the race for party's nomination in South Okanagan-West Kootenay

Penticton realtor Marshall Neufeld announced to day he well be seeking the Conservative nomination for the new South Okanagan West Kootenay riding.

It won’t come as much of a surprise that Penticton realtor Marshall Neufeld, one time aide to former Conservative MP Stockwell Day and president of the local conservative riding association, has declared he will be seeking the Conservative nomination for the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

“I am a conservative through and through,” said the 31-year-old Neufeld. “By the time of the next election, this particular area will not have had a conservative voice in Ottawa for nearly 10 years.”

The bulk of what will be South Okanagan West Kootenay at the next federal election in 2015 is currently represented by NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, who recently announced his plans to retire.

In contrast, Penticton has long been a conservative stronghold, currently under MP Dan Albas.

With that dichotomy, Neufeld said the new riding will not be a guaranteed seat for any of the three major parties.

“There will be a real race here in the next election,” said Neufeld, who, speaking as if he already has the nomination in hand, said he will fight for “common-sense, conservative principles” if elected.

In particular, he said, that includes income splitting for families, more free trade and the democratic reform or abolition of the Senate.

Neufeld has already lined up a solid campaign team to see him through the nomination, including Conservative stalwarts Neil Jamieson, Lyle Brant and John Brent, Day’s former campaign manager, who has offered to be Neufeld’s campaign manager both for the nomination and the election.

“Marshall is hard working, very energetic, passionate about his conservative values. I just think he is the right candidate to represent a riding of this size,” said Brent.

Neufeld spent time in Ottawa with Stockwell Day as his senior parliamentary assistant. Day has already spoken in support of his former aide.

“The people of South Okanagan-West Kootenay would be well served by having Marshall as their representative,” said Day.

Neufeld said his main reason for running is out of a sense of service.

“Service has always been important to me,” said Neufeld, who sat for two terms on the National Council of the Conservative Party of Canada and is past president of the local Conservative riding association.

A real estate agent for the last five years, Neufeld also worked as a care worker at Village by the Station prior to working for Day and has been an active member of the community since his teenage years, volunteering with local causes and raising money. He has served as the vice chair of the Penticton Christian School Board.

 

Just Posted

Penticton athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Penticton Vees look to playoffs after Feb. 16 win against Langley

The team needs to win two of their last three games to claim the division title

Summerland’s Justin Kripps wins bobsleigh world cup event

Canadian team picks up their first four-man bobsleigh win on the world cup circuit

Here’s your first look at Penticton’s proposed budget for 2019

The city is recommending a 3.6 per cent tax increase, additional increase to business tax multiplier

Businesses directly impacted by Hwy. 97 closure

Members of the Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce faced late deliveries. no staff, etc.

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Okanagan College professor awarded for promoting financial literacy

Leigh Sindlinger received a Distinguished Service Award for inspiring financial literacy in youth

Poll: What do you think of Family Day weekend’s move?

Until this year, Family Day has fallen on the second Monday in February

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read