Clovechok acclaimed as Columbia River-Revelstoke candidate
The BC Liberal Party has an official candidate for the May 14, 2013 provincial election.
Columbia Valley resident Doug Clovechok was acclaimed July 30 in Golden, during a riding association gathering attended by Premier Christy Clark.
Clovechok told e-KNOW he is confident heading toward the election that he can impress upon Columbia River-Revelstoke voters the value of maintaining a free enterprise government in Victoria, believing he has a leg up on current MLA Norm Macdonald (NDP) in the Columbia Valley, but has his work to do in Revelstoke, Kimberley and Golden.
Citing Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett as a “great” mentor the past two years, Clovechok said it would be exciting for the region if two Liberal MLAs were sent to Victoria, adding he has faith and great respect for Premier Clark and her vision for the province.
“I like my new boss,” Clovechok told more than 50 Columbia Valley women July 31 at the Lions Club Hall at the crossroads, during a visit from the Premier.
Clark said she believes the riding has an excellent candidate in Clovechok, Invermere campus manager of the College of the Rockies.
“I couldn’t be prouder of putting my name beside his on the ballot, because he has such integrity and he’s a real straight shooter,” Clark said. “And he will stand up for the Kootenays, and rather than represent Victoria to the Kootenays, he’s going to do it the other way around. And you expect that in this part of the world, and frankly every British Columbian deserves it, but I know you won’t do with anything less in the Kootenays. We had to go out and find a candidate who would make that happen, and that is Doug Clovechok.”
Clovechok is just the second nominated Liberal candidate established in a riding currently held by the NDP
Leading up to obtaining the candidacy, with no one else coming forward for the position in the riding, Clovechok has been busy touring the key areas and becoming familiar with their issues, such as the Cherry Creek Falls issue in rural Kimberley, the Wasa Lake flooding and recent landslide at Fairmont Hot Springs.
He said he knows MLA Macdonald is already aware that he’s in for a battle for the seat, noting half in jest, “there’s going to be a new sheriff in town.”
Above photo: Premier Christy Clark with Columbia River-Revelstoke BC Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok.