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Second candidate runs for NDP nomination

Former Fernie mayor Randal Macnair seeks election in the May provincial election
Fernie councillor Randal Macnair is seeking candidacy for the NDP in the May provincial election.

A second person has stepped forward as a candidate for the NDP in the spring provincial election.

Fernie councillor and former mayor Randal Macnair has entered the NDP nomination race for the East Kootenay.

He joins Cranbrook teacher Norma Blissett, who announced in May that she is seeking to represent the riding in the May 14 election.

Macnair has served on Fernie city council since 1999, first as councillor for one term, then as mayor from 2002 to 2008, and then as councillor again from 2008 to today. During his tenure as mayor, Macnair also served on the Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors.

"I have a track record as a leader who gets things done. I have the knowledge and experience to help our region use our natural advantages to build the diverse economy and thriving communities we need," said Macnair.

In addition to serving on council, Macnair is the owner and publisher of Oolichan Books.

He decided to seek the NDP nomination to herald change in Kootenay East, Macnair said.

"Change is coming in British Columbia and the people of Kootenay East need strong representation in government come next spring.

"I am excited to grow support for the NDP in this region as we build toward the provincial election next May and bring about the changes we need in British Columbia. I look forward to working hard to ensure Kootenay East is part of that positive change," said Macnair.

The deadline for nominations for the riding has now passed. Members of the Kootenay East NDP Riding Association will vote to select a candidate on September 22.

Meanwhile, the BC Liberals Kootenay East Riding Association will meet on Wednesday, September 5 to hold a candidate selection meeting. Current MLA Bill Bennett has announced he is running for re-election on behalf of the BC Liberals.