Green Party nominates Shuswap candidate for provincial election

Kevin Babcock is running for the B.C. Green Party candidate in the Shuswap riding in the upcoming provincial election.
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SALMON ARM - The B.C. Green Party has nominated a candidate for the Shuswap riding.

Kevin Babcock currently works at the Canoe Plywood Plant. He has spent the past 20 years in the labour industry, previously working in aerospace and railway industries in the lower mainland, according to a media release.

Babcock is finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, specializing in ethics at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

“People don’t want to be dependent on government money, people don’t want to be dependent on government job creation,” Babcock says in the release. “I want to empower people to work towards their own career path.”

Babcock will be running against B.C. NDP candidate Silvia Jean Lindgren and Liberal incumbent MLA Greg Kyllo.

Lindgren announced her candidacy Jan. 8. She is an education assistant and president of CUPE local 523, and has lived in Salmon Arm for over 20 years. A party media release says she specializes in helping people with special needs. 

“Christy Clark isn’t working for you,” Lindgren says in the release. “The cuts she has been making to education - beginning when she was education minister in 2001 - may be the most cruel because they hurt children who are just starting out in life, but there are many other policies that stop people from getting ahead.”

Liberal MLA Greg Kyllo announced he was going to run again on Oct. 6, 2016. Kyllo won the 2013 provincial election for the Shuswap riding. 

Kyllo is a member of the BC Treasury Board, the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy, and is the Parlimentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training. 

According to a media release, prior to working in provincial policits, Kyllo was elected to the Sicamous District Council in 2011 and appointed Deputy Mayor. He is also the principal of his family businesses, Twin Anchors Manufacturing and Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations. 

“Our B.C. Liberal government’s plan of growing the economy and creating jobs is working. But there’s more work to be done, and that’s why I’ve decided to run once again," Kyllo says in the release. 

The provincial election is on May 9.

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