Provincial parties acclaim candidates in Nanaimo region

NANAIMO – Four-term Alberta MLA named as candidate for B.C. Liberals in Nanaimo-North Cowichan.

The battlegrounds in Nanaimo-area provincial ridings are shaping up ahead of the B.C. election next year.

Former four-term Alberta MLA Alana DeLong was acclaimed by the B.C. Liberals as their 2017 candidate for Nanaimo-North Cowichan.

She will attempt to unseat two-term NDP MLA for the riding Doug Routley, who plans to run again in the upcoming election.

“North Cowichan is a unique and diverse region that offers great ideas and perspectives on what our province is, and where it is going,” said DeLong in a press release.

Born in Nelson and raised in the Okanagan and Victoria, DeLong now resides on Thetis Island in the southern Gulf Islands. She is a former four-term MLA who served her constituents in Calgary-Bow during a 14-year period.

Routley is expected to run again in the May election, but has not been officially named as the party’s candidate.

In Nanaimo, the NDP’s Leonard Krog will campaign to keep his seat against B.C. Liberal challenger Paris Gaudet.

The general provincial election will take place on May 9, 2017.