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Penticton city councillor seeking federal Conservative nomination

Penticton city councillor Helena Konanz is seeking the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.
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PENTICTON – Helena Konanz wants to win the local Conservative Party of Canada nomination in order to take back the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay from the New Democrats.

The Penticton city councillor says she was encouraged by Conservative Party members to throw her hat in the ring for the nomination after she announced she would not be running in this fall’s municipal election.

Konanz is a two-term councillor who was first elected in 2011.

She says in a media release she offers a fresh approach and a fresh face to the party and the people in the riding.

“It has not served us well to be represented by the NDP in this region, or by the Liberals in Ottawa, for the past three years,” Konanz says.

The current Member of Parliament for the riding is New Democrat Richard Cannings. The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019.

Along with her time on city council, Konanz has served on the regional district board and the Southern Interior Local Government Association.

Konanz has a degree in political science from UCLA in California, was a professional tennis player and worked for NIKE in the retail management division in the U.S., according to the release.

She and her husband Adam Konanz opened their business Konanz Chiropractic 25 years ago. They have two adult children.

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