With barely three years of politics under her belt

Conservative candidate declares intentions

Another hat has hit the ring in the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, coming from the Conservative side of the fence.

Another hat has hit the ring in the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, coming from the Conservative side of the fence.

With barely three years of politics under her belt, Penticton city councillor Helena Konanz announced Nov. 14 that she would seek the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the new riding.

She says she was encouraged by many people to pursue the nomination when Dan Albas made the decision to represent the Conservatives in the new riding of central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola in the next federal election.

“I offer a fresh approach, and fresh face, to both the local Conservative members and the constituents of the new Electoral District of South Okanagan-West Kootenay,” said Konanz,

After graduating from UCLA with a political science degree, Konanz toured as a professional tennis player. After retiring from professional sports, Konanz worked in retail management in the U.S. until moving to the Okanagan 20 years ago with her husband and entering the small business sector.

The new riding of South Okanagan-Kootenay West encompasses the entire Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, as well as Castlegar, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan, and Nakusp and stretches into parts of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen including Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos.

The Southern Interior has been re-districted numerous times in the past, at times being branded Kootenay West-Revelstoke, Kooetnay-Boundary-Okanagan, and British Columbia Southern Interior.

The region has been an NDP stronghold for much of its history, other than the period from 1993 to 2006 when Jim Gouk held the MP’s seat for the Reform Party, the Canadian Reform Alliance Party, and then the Conservatives, but Konanz said she can swing the new riding to the political right again in the next election.

“It’s going to take somebody with a lot of energy and the time to spend with people,” Konanz told the Trail Times. “I’m going to have to listen to all the things people in this area are concerned about and look for the similarities. I’ll be out there to get feedback from the people.”

— with files from the Trail Times

 

Just Posted

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

Contempt charge against Balfour logging protesters dropped on technicality

A B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled Cooper Creek Cedar failed to file a contempt application

Jail time for driver involved in Castlegar road rampage

Sean Patrick Byrne caused havoc on Castlegar roads in November

Update: 75th annual Rossland-Trail Open crowns three-time champion

Kevin Hogg wins the Birchbank Golf Course’s 75th Rossland-Trail Open … again

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government

The government currently taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents

Most Read