Roly Russell, rural Grand Forks regional district director, tapped for Boundary-Similkameen riding by NDP

Focus on forests, housing

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

An NDP news release calls Roly Russell, candidate for Boundary-Similkameen, a "proven leader."

Russell has served on the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary board since 2013, including two terms as chair. He is currently the president of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments and chair of the Grand Forks Credit Union Board of Directors.

“I’m thrilled to represent John Horgan’s team in Boundary-Similkameen,” said Russell, who won a nomination contest over Oliver Town Councilor Aimee Grice. “The BC NDP is the best choice to lead us out of the pandemic, and this region deserves a proactive and strong voice in a renewed John Horgan mandate.”

His priorities include protecting the health of forests, economic resilience, affordability and housing, addressing climate change and supporting local communities.

"This place is my home - I was born here - and I am passionate about making sure that we sustain and keep this a beautiful and sustainable region to earn a living and raise our families,” Russell said of rural Grand Forks. 

“John Horgan’s leadership in the face of the pandemic and the BC NDP government’s willingness to navigate creative solutions following the 2018 floods cemented my decision to run for MLA."

ORIGINAL: 11 a.m.

The NDP have announced their candidate for the open Boundary-Similkameen seat in the upcoming provincial election. 

Roly Russell, Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary director for rural Grand Forks, has been given the nod. 

The announcement comes two days after the Liberal party announced their candidate for the riding, Oliver councillor Petra Veintimilla. Current MLA Linda Larson, Liberal, is retiring. 

More to come. 


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