The B.C. Liberals have their first candidate seeking the nomination for the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding for the May 2013 provincial election.
Gibsons Patrick Muncaster announced his intention to seek the nomination in a press release sent out to riding media outlets on Nov. 22.
“I am seeking the nomination because I feel strongly that the people of the Powell River-Sunshine Coast need an MLA who can work with Premier Christy Clark to help build our economy — the foundation of strong family life and of a good retirement,” said Muncaster. “I have experience in federal cabinet minister’s offices, in the federal public service and had a long career in the private sector in the telecommunications and information technology industry. I would like to put that background to work for the residents of this riding.”
Muncaster is the first candidate to come forward seeking the Liberal nod according to riding association president Chris McNaughton.
“We’re continuing to go through the candidate search process and we are delighted Patrick has put his name forward,” said McNaughton. “As you know in the political world these days it is advantageous to have a number of candidates seeking the nomination and we hope that more will step forward in the riding.”
McNaughton said the association is targeting Jan. 20 for a nomination meeting to be held on the south Coast.
He said the association is working on getting approval from the provincial party in order to do that. In order to be an eligible candidate, candidates are required to submit all nomination papers to the association 14 days in advance of the nomination meeting. In order to be an eligible voter, a person has to be a member in good standing with the party for 21 days in advance of the meeting.
Muncaster has lived on the Sunshine Coast for the better part of a decade working most of his life in the high tech community. He grew up in a B.C. community with roots in fishing, agriculture and forestry.
“British Columbia has important decisions to make over the next four years,” said Muncaster. “We have managed to keep our public debt low giving us the strength to weather the deepest global economic downturn since the Great Depression. We are a safe harbour for new investment, and job growth in B.C. is strong.”