Premier John Horgan has called for a Fall election and B.C. voters will head to the polls Oct. 24. (Aman Parhar/Caledonia Courier)

B.C. snap election: What we know about candidates running in the Nechako Lakes riding

Premier Horgan called for a snap election Monday, Sept. 21.

Voters in British Columbia will head to the polls on Oct. 24 as Premier John Horgan has called for a snap election this fall.

On Sept. 21, Horgan officially terminated his minority government agreement with the B.C. Green Party and called for an election at the end of October.

The Premier has requested the province’s lieutenant governor, Janet Austin, to call the next election, BC NDP said in a statement Monday, Sept. 21.

READ: Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

The Express has gathered everything we know about the candidates in the Nechako Lakes riding so far.

In the region, only two candidates have stepped up as of Monday afternoon to announce that they are running again.

John Rustad (BC Liberals) and Anne Marie Sam (BC NDP) announced their candidacy last week.

Anne Marie Sam, who ran in the 2017 provincial elections for the NDP announced her candidacy for the party’s nomination Sept. 17.

Sam was defeated by Rustad, the current BC Liberal MLA for the riding.

Should Rustad secure the BC Liberal nomination, this will be his fifth campaign with his first win being in 2005 when he was elected in the Prince George-Omineca riding.

That riding was dissolved when the Nechako Lakes riding was created for the 2009 election and Rustad has represented that riding ever since.

“I enjoy representing my constituency and I always do what I can for my riding,” he said.

From the Fort St. James area, Sam has been a school trustee and has served as a councillor for the Nak’azdii Band Council.

Following the 2017 election, Sam became a senior ministerial assistant in the provincial indigenous relations and reconciliation ministry and has now taken a leave from that post.

“I want to join John Horgan’s team to develop solutions to the challenges people are facing and deliver support for our resource dependent communities,” she said in a press release.

READ: Anne Marie Sam seeks NDP nomination for Nechako Lakes riding

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

With files from Black Press Media.


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC politicsBC Votes 2020British Columbia

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vanderhoof RCMP are seeking witnesses who may have seen a black, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup (similar to the one pictured) with an Alberta licence plate travelling west on Highway 16 towards Vanderhoof prior to a fatal rollover on Sept. 26 at around 6:30 p.m. (Photo submitted)
RCMP seek witnesses in fatal September crash on Highway 16 near Vanderhoof

RCMP are continuing its investigation on a single-vehicle, fatal crash that took… Continue reading

The Prince George RCMP is asking for the public’s help to find 29-year-old Colin Michaud Durrand. He has a history of violence and is considered to pose an increased risk to public safety, according to police, who advise the public not to confront Durrand if he is located. (Photo Submitted by RCMP)
Prince George RCMP ask for help locating violent ‘priority offender’ with ties to Quesnel

RCMP says Colin Michaud Durrand, 29, recently lived in Quesnel but may frequent Hixon, Prince George

The Dupras family has been regulars at the Babine River and have seen plentiful grizzlies over the years. (Jay Dupras photo/Lakes District News)
A family’s close encounter with a grizzly on Babine River bridge

Photo-enthusiasts let the bear access the bridge for photos putting others at risk

Stikine provincial election candidates (clockwise from top left): Nathan Cullen, NDP; Darcy Repen, Rural BC Party; Rod Taylor, Christian Heritage; and Gordon Sebastian, BC Liberals.
‘Where is Annita McPhee?’: Cullen under fire from opening salvo of all-candidates forum

Four Stikine candidates spar during online debate from Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers

(Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory Facebook screenshot)
Ceremony a right at proposed CGL pipeline drill site: BC Union of Indian Chiefs

Indigenous land defenders cannot be criminalized and targeted, argues UBCIC

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presents modelling of COVID-19 spread in B.C., March 25, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 203 new cases

up to 1,766 active cases in B.C., two more deaths

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
British Columbia man dies during ski trip near glacier west of Calgary

Kananaskis Public Safety and Alpine Helicopters responded around 2:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, following a week-long break for the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
One crisis after another for Trudeau since last federal election one year ago

It has been a year of unprecedented calamity and crisis

Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat competes against producers in the Middle East and Russia that have no carbon tax. (Rio Tinto)
B.C. carbon tax highest in Canada, export industries unprotected

B.C. NDP, B.C. Liberals say they’re looking at exemptions

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

(Pixabay)
Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

A glimpse of some of the 480 (approx) cars written off as a result of the acid spills along the Trail highway in 2018. Photo: Trail Times
2 years after huge highway acid spill, Kootenay Ford dealer’s frustration grows with ICBC

Trail AM Ford owner Dan Ashman says he just wants fair compensation from ICBC

Mail-in ballot from Elections BC (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
At least 26% of eligible voters have already cast their ballot, Elections BC says

Voters can cast a ballot until 8 p.m PST on Election Day

Most Read