Local Liberal MLA’s expect a tight vote as their party elects a new leader this weekend.
Former leader Christy Clark stepped down after the party lost their majority government in last May’s election.
Columbia River Revelstoke’s Doug Clovechok is supporting Andrew Wilkinson in the race.
“I think Andrew is out there, I think Mike de Jong is there as well and someone that’s really surprised me in a very pleasant way is Michael Lee. He’s really come out of the gate strong,” Clovechok says.
He believes the party has a strong future regardless of who wins.
“The energy around each of the camps is really positive,” Clovechok says. “There’s a lot of respect that each one of these candidates have for each other. We’ve got a strong coalition and we’ve got to maintain that.”
Kootenay East representative Tom Shypitka says he’s been supporting Andrew Wilkinson since the beginning of the campaign.
“He’s a true leader, he’s very articulate, he’s a smart, smart guy,” Shypitka says. “More than anything, he really understands rural values and he’s high on education and social care.”
He believes all candidates bring something different to the vote.
“The new leader will be able to get our strength back, refocus, retool the die and look forward to giving British Columbians back BC,” Shypitka says.
Todd Stone, Michael de Jong, Dianne Watts, Michael Lee and Sam Sullivan are also seeking the top spot.
– Kootenay East MLA, Tom Shypitka
– Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA, Doug Clovechok