Green Party names Sunderman candidate for Kamloops Centre riding

Sunderman goes Green

UPDATE: 5:53 p.m.

Randy Sunderman feels the tide is turning.

The longtime Kamloops resident has been named the Green Party candidate for Kamloops Centre and sees the riding as one he can win.

“This is a fairly progressive area of Kamloops and I feel I have a really good chance,” Sunderman told Castanet.

“We have four really good party candidates who have very different perspectives to offer, so I'm going in to this campaign with the understanding that it's going to be very competitive, and my research would suggest there's a good base of Greens in this particular riding.”

Sunderman noted his decades of experience in government and economic development, and believes he can offer ways the province can do things better.

“I feel that’s what I bring to the table and I’m hoping voters see that as well,” Sunderman said.

Sunderman said he has been a Green Party member “off and on” for a number of years, including work on their platform during the 2017 election campaign.

He said he opted to run in provincial politics this year because he wanted to be “part of the conversation” and give Kamloops voters a chance to hear a different perspective.

Sunderman has a press availability Thursday at 10 a.m. in Riverside Park where he intends to share more information about the issues on which he intends to focus.

ORIGINAL: 12:59 p.m.

The race for the Kamloops Centre riding took further shape Wednesday as the B.C. Green Party announced Randy Sunderman as its candidate ahead of the Oct. 19 provincial election.

The long-time Kamloops resident and former president of the Kamloops Voters Society was announced as the party’s candidate in a social media post.

Sunderman most recently ran unsuccessfully for Kamloops city council in 2022, placing ninth just outside the eight elected council spots.

Sunderman has been involved in several local and provincial boards and committees, including the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association, the Venture Kamloops Business Care program, and the BC Economic Development Association.

Sunderman joins a crowded group vying to be the MLA of the newly formed Kamloops Centre riding.

BC United has announced Kamloops-North Thompson incumbent Peter Milobar, while the Conservatives have named Dennis Giesbrecht as candidates. City councillor Bill Sarai, meanwhile, has said he will seek the NDP’s nomination.

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