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Vernon city councillor elected new interim leader of B.C. Conservative Party

FILE PHOTO - Scott Anderson is pictured in this file photo running for the Conservatives in the 2013 provincial election. He was elected onto Vernon city council in 2014.
October 04, 2017 - 8:31 AM

VERNON - Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson says he will maintain his duties in local government while also serving as the interim leader of the B.C. Conservative Party.

Anderson was elected the party’s interim leader on Saturday, Sept. 30 following an annual general meeting in Langley, according to a media release.

"I am deeply honoured to be entrusted with the role of interim leader of this great party," Anderson says in the release. "But I want to assure my constituents in Vernon that my commitment to them as a city councillor will be in no way diminished. My role on city council will remain unchanged, my commitment to that role will remain unchanged, and I will continue to serve in any capacity the mayor deems appropriate."
 
Anderson is a long time member and a four term board member of the B.C. Conservatives, having served on the executive board as a member at large since 2013, according to the release. He ran unsuccessfully for MLA in the Vernon-Monashee riding in the 2013 provincial election. 

He is also a business owner, recently retired military officer, a former columnist for iNFOnews.ca and has been serving as a city councillor in Vernon since 2014. He is currently finishing a Master's degree in international relations at the University of British Columbia, preparatory to pursuing a doctorate in the same field, states the release.
 
The term of interim leader will last until a new leader is elected by the general membership of the B.C. Conservatives in 2018. 


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