July 10, 2013 - 1:18 PM
GENERAL VOTING OPENS TODAY IN THE WESTSIDE-KELOWNA BYELECTION
Last June Ben Stewart gave up his seat as MLA for Westside-Kelowna to allow a byelection giving Premier Christy Clark a second chance at getting a seat in the provincial legislature. Today, Kelowna voters decide whether they want the premier of B.C. to become their new MLA.
After dropping the election writ on June 12, Clark has been spending a lot more time in the Okanagan campaigning for the Liberal party - but not without opposition. NDP's Carole Gordon is also running in the byelection and with Adrian Dix at her side, reminding constituents about her strong roots in the Westside-Kelowna community.
B.C. Conservative Sean Upshaw, who ran in Penticton for the May election, is also joining Clark and Gordon in the race. With independent Dayleen Van Ryswyk as well as five other candidates in the running, the byelection has showcased a range of political activism. All eight candidates, including Clark, came together last Thursday at a public forum to share their respective positions on key issues for the Westside community.
Tonight Clark and Liberal Party supporters will be stationed at downtown Kelowna's Delta Grand Hotel on Water Street to watch as voting results come in after 8 p.m. Carole Gordon will be joined by Adrian Dix hosting the NDP's election night party at the Streaming Cafe on Leon Avenue.
General voting stations are open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find out where to vote Elections B.C. has posted all the locations in the Westside-Kelowna voting district.
Candidates appearing on the ballots are:
Jag Bhandari for B.C. Vision Party
Christy Clark for the B.C. Liberal Party
Carole Gordon for the B.C. NDP Party
John Marks, Independent
Silverado Brooks Socrates, Independent
Sean Upshaw for the B.C. Conservative Party
Dayleen Van Ryswyk, Independent
Korry Zepik, Independent
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