Conservatives select Albas as candidate

MP Dan Albas will seek re-election in the next federal election, in a newly created riding.

MP Dan Albas will seek re-election in the next federal election, but the riding he hopes to represent did not exist when he was first elected in 2011.

On Monday, Albas was declared the Conservative Party of Canada’s nominee for the newly formed Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.

The Conservative Party’s nomination process began May 1 and ran for two weeks. The nomination period closed on Thursday, May 15. Albas was the only candidate nominated.

Mark Ziebarth, president of the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Conservative Association said the riding is new, but not dramatically different from the riding Albas now represents.

While Penticton is no longer included, West Kelowna has been added.

“It’s still a strong Conservative riding,” he said.

Penticton will be part of the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

Ziebarth said the federal Conservatives have already selected their candidates for roughly one-third of the 338 ridings in Canada.

The federal election is expected to be held in October, 2015.