October 19, 2015 - 8:59 PM
WEST KELOWNA - Voters in the newly formed riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola have voted to give the incumbent Dan Albas another term.
Albas told infonews.ca he was disappointed in the results federally, but praised voters for making their voices heard.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people exercise their franchise but if they’re going to go a different way, the people are always right,” he said.
He returns to Ottawa in a different role as opposition MP but promised to work hard for constituents but wasn't entirely surprised by the national vote or the local vote.
“I have a track record of listening (and) making sure that elected officials locally and provincially work closely (to solve) problems. I look forward to working closely with mayor Findlater and mayor Basran,” he said. "After close to ten years of Conservative government, people felt they needed a change. What they didn’t change in this riding is they wanted someone to advocate for their interests, they wanted to keep taxes low and they also wanted to see investments in our communities so I will be making sure that my constituents get the level of service they deserve.”
Albas, a former Penticton city councillor, moved to West Kelowna in 2012 after being elected as a member of Parliament in 2011. He is married and has four children.
Albas says his focus moving forward is to continue making his riding a better place to live for working families and those on fixed incomes.
The Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding represents constituents from what was formerly three different districts, including West Kelowna, parts of Kelowna, Merritt, Summerland, Princeton, Keremeos, Logan Lake and Peachland.
Albas beat out Liberal candidate Karley Scott, NDP candidate Angelique Wood and Green party candidate Robert Mellalieu.
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