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Greens, People's Party candidates racing off for federal nominations

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May 17, 2019 - 4:05 PM

KELOWNA - The Green Party and People’s Party have yet to select their candidates for Kelowna-Lake Country in the fall federal election but will hold nomination contests in the next few weeks.

Silverado Socrates and Travis Polson are running for the Green Party, local riding president Gary Bliddok told today, May 17.

Socrates ran Mandy and Me riding stables on the Westside for many years before being forced to sell in 2015. She ran against Christy Clark as an Independent in the 2013 Westside Kelowna provincial election. Clark won with 11,758 votes. Socrates finished sixth out of eight candidates with 46 votes.

Originally known as Brenda Shackleton, Socrates was inducted into the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for cross-country running after setting a Canadian junior 3,000 metre record.

Bliddok said Polson is studying political science and working in landscaping for the summer.

The election to select the candidate will be held May 25.

For the People’s Party of Canada, the candidates are Brian Rogers and Salomon Rayez, riding association president Peter Neville told

Neville said Rogers is an electrician while Rayez is a former editor of B’nai Brith in Vancouver. He ran for the Conservatives in the federal Vancouver Kingsway riding in 2008, finishing third out of seven candidates with 12,419 votes. The NDP won that year with 15,983 votes.

Their nomination meeting is tentatively set for June 1.

Liberal Stephen Fuhr is running for re-election. Tracy Gray will represent the Conservative Party and Justin Kulik is running for the NDP.

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