Wasylyk launches campaign

Renee Wasylyk has made it official.

The Kelowna developer will seek the federal conservative nomination in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding.

While a date for the next federal election has not been announced, it must occur on, or before Oct. 21, 2019.

Wasylyk made the announcement before a group of supporters at a rooftop event at Kelowna's Innovation Centre.

“I am an empowering leader, a visionary community believer, with a broad base of experience, and a heart for our community and our future,” Wasylyk said in a statement announcing her intentions.

“It's time for Kelowna-Lake Country to have a voice in Ottawa, and bring our best ideas forward.”

Wasylyk founded the Troika Group, a land and real estate development company, but also sits on several community boards, including, The Breakfast Club of Canada and First West Credit Union Board of Directors.

She also volunteers with the Nature’s Trust of BC and Opera Kelowna’s Advisory Council.

Wasylyk already has one high-profile political endorsement.

Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola MP Dan Albas has endorsed her bid.

“In every endeavour, Renee has emerged as a true champion. Someone who is visionary, who is talented, who is hard working but yet is also compassionate and kind," said Albas.

"Renee has the accomplishments and an extremely diverse range of experiences that are so critical to the work that is done in public office and that is why I am endorsing Renee Wasylyk as candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Kelowna-Lake Country”

Ron Cannan held the seat for the Conservative Party for three terms before being swept out by Stephen Fuhr during the Liberal wave in 2015.

Current city councillor Tracy Gray is also said to be contemplating a possible run as well.

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