Lauren Semple announced this week she will be seeking the federal NDP nomination for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. Nominate Lauren Semple for Nanaimo Ladysmith New Democrats/Facebook

Activist and past Pride president seeking NDP nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Lauren Semple announces she’s entering politics

A past Pride president and a women’s rights activist and muralist is ready to raise her voice on a whole host of issues now.

Lauren Semple announced this week that she will be seeking the federal NDP nomination for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.

She has been event director for the last three Nanaimo Pride festivals, an organizer of the Nanaimo Women March On events the last two years, and was co-founder of Humanity in Community, which led the mural project at the old A&B Sound building.

She has been a constituency assistant to former Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson, and worked on Malcolmson’s campaign to become Nanaimo MLA.

Semple announced Sunday via Facebook that she’s running to be the NDP candidate, and said in a video she posted that she immediately received a “total outpouring” of support.

“I am so, so humbled by everyone’s support and the possibility at having an opportunity to serve our beautiful constituency in Ottawa,” she said.

In her introductory post, she outlined a few priorities, saying there’s a need for substantial investments in housing and healthcare and action on the climate crisis and income inequality. In a press release, she called for change that shifts policies, funding and focus on “everyday people,” not just the super rich and well-connected.

“Canadians, they deserve more than broken promises and empty apologies,” she said. “It’s clear that the government in Ottawa is not working for us, it’s not working for everyday people, it’s not working for our planet and it’s time to change that.”

According to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith federal NDP electoral district association, Chief Bob Chamberlin has also been approved as a contestant, others have put their names forward as well, and the nomination period has not yet closed.

No byelection has been called, but all other major parties in Nanaimo-Ladysmith have candidates in place: John Hirst, Conservative Party of Canada; Michelle Corfield, Liberal Party of Canada; Paul Manly, Green Party of Canada; and Jennifer Clarke, People’s Party of Canada.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lantzville opts against forming social media committee

Committee would have helped district council develop policy on social media behaviour

Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary has been fundraising for 120 years

Hospital auxiliary president says group pioneered Wi-Fi at hospitals on Island

Gabriola Island community bus sees 100,000th rider

Gabriola Environmentally Responsible Trans-Island Express celebrated milestone Jan. 25

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mayor and council aren’t necessary

Instead of candidates, put municipal priorities on the ballot, says letter writer

RDN budget talks to include public consultation results

Director not impress with level of engagement

Protesters in Nanaimo preach peace in Iran

Rally sees gathering at Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Filming for Resident Alien begins in Ladysmith

Aliens and excitement take over the streets of Ladysmith during new TV series

The Three Bears are down to two after baby bear carving stolen from his perch in Island community

Thief repeatedly kicked it and dislodged it from cement and rebar

Licensed cannabis store opens in Nanaimo’s north end

Mood Cannabis Company’s Metral Drive location opened Jan. 18

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

Most Read