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Conservative candidate chosen for south riding

Over the weekend, the B.C. Conservatives nominated candidates in three Vancouver Island electoral districts, including Nanaimo-North Cowichan, which includes voters in south Nanaimo.

“We’re especially pleased to have selected Bob Bray, John Sherry and David Coupland to represent our party on Vancouver Island, where we hope to enjoy considerable success in the general election in May,” said party leader John Cummins, in a news release.

Sherry, who was selected to represent Nanaimo-North Cowichan, is a long-time resident of the Cowichan Valley, where his mother worked as a licensed practical nurse, and his father was a machinist in the forestry sector.

The Cowichan area is also where he met and married Hayley, his wife. Together, they have two daughters.

Sherry began his business career as a branch manager with a well-known, environmental-services company. Later, he and Hayley transferred to Prince George, subsequently moving to Calgary.

In Alberta, Sherry joined his brother in building a dynamic real-estate investment firm.

Today, back on Vancouver Island, Sherry is an executive with Expocrete, one of Canada’s leading concrete-products manufacturers. The Sherry family currently live on the border of Chemainus and Saltair.

Coupland was selected earlier this month to represent the Conservatives in Parksville-Qualicum in the next provincial election.

Voters go to the polls in May.

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