Current Penticton city councillor Helena Konanz declared her intent back in June to run for office in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay federal riding in the 2019 election, but the official announcement that the Conservative Party was making her their candidate came Thursday night.
"I thought about it a few years ago, but it wasn't the right time," Konanz said. "It's really exciting. It's the right time in mine and my family's lives to represent this riding in Ottawa."
She will be facing off against popular NDP MP Richard Cannings, who has held the seat since 2015.
"I really respect Richard. There's not many people that don't respect him, he's a good person and working hard," Konanz said, though her own personal opinion is that the NDP are not the future. "He's representing a party that at this point is imploding."
Konanz said she was approached by the Conservative Party following her announcement earlier this summer that she would not be running for council again in October's civic election.
"I think my seven years as councillor have really prepared me for this position. I think I can continue working on things like being fiscally responsible, and smaller government, everything I was working on as councillor except on a federal level."