Tories set to pick contender

Conservatives in Kelowna-Lake Country finally have a time frame to work with as they get set to select a candidate for the fall federal election.

It's been months since two heavyweight contenders, businesswoman Renee Merrifield Wasylyk and former city councillor Tracy Gray, announced they would seek the nomination.

But, despite the early announcements, and a thought the nomination process would be imminent, there was nothing but silence from the Electoral District Association.

Until this weekend, when the association laid out the process for nominations and registration.

Prospective candidates have until March 2 to join the race, while anyone wishing to have a say in who the candidate will be has until March 9 to take out a party membership.

Kelowna-Lake Country was traditionally a "safe" Conservative seat – until 2015, when Liberal Stephen Fuhr unseated longtime incumbent Ron Cannan during the Liberal rise to power.

The date for a nomination meeting has not yet been announced.

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