February 25, 2013 - 4:22 PM
By Jennifer Stahn
It will be a full race in the Fraser-Nicola riding at the May 14 election following an announcement by the B.C. Conservatives that Michael Beauclair will be running against incumbent Harry Lali of the NDP and Jackie Tegart for the B.C. Liberals.
Lali is just completing his fourth term and currently serves as the opposition critic for community and rural development. Recently Lali faced criticism for banner ads he ran earlier in the year. He quickly apologized, offering up the excuse of new office staff, while NDP leader Adrian Dix said his party is taking responsibility for the costs of the ads.
The ads came out shortly after Tegart was announced as the Liberal candidate, though it was 10 days until she was formally nominated. Tegart currently sits on the Village of Ashcroft council, sits on several boards and served 17 years as an elected school trustee.
Beauclair was nominated by the B.C. Conservatives this past weekend. A log-scaler by profession he has worked in the forest industry for 15 years. The party did not have a candidate in the riding for the 2009 elections, making Beauclair the first conservative to run in the Fraser-Nicola riding, which was previously known as Yale-Lillooet.
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