Longtime Delta council member Bruce McDonald announced he has decided to seek the Liberal nomination in Delta South.
McDonald said he believes he can work at the provincial level to directly address the major concerns that affect South Deltans.
"I have served for almost 20 years at the municipal level and I believe I can represent the concerns and values of the residents of South Delta in Victoria. I have worked on or chaired every municipal committee and commission and have also served as council liaison to numerous community organizations. I bring not only my lengthy government experience, but also my knowledge of local and provincial issues as well as a proven commitment to the citizens of Delta," he said in a press release.
The release also mentions current Delta Chamber of Commerce president Kelly Guichon was "one of many residents in the riding" who encouraged McDonald to seek the nomination.
"Delta South needs a strong voice on many issues including, agriculture, transportation and health care. I have worked with Coun. McDonald over the years and I know he can get the job done for South Delta," she said.
Guichon had over a year ago stated her interest in also seeking the Liberal nomination but in the release noted her current commitments "require all my devotion and energy and require me to stay local."
The Liberals will hold a nomination meeting in Delta South on Jan. 22. Tsawwassen resident Bruce Fougner has confirmed he is seeking the nomination.
Current MLA Vicki Huntington has stated she will likely remain an independent in the next race.
The provincial Conservatives stated they likely wouldn't run a candidate in Delta South out of respect for Huntington. The Greens also said they wouldn't run a candidate.
The New Democrats have already named Nic Slater, who was the NDP candidate for Delta-Richmond East in the last federal election, as their candidate in the riding.
Meanwhile, an interesting race appears to be shaping up in Delta North, where New Democrat MLA Guy Gentner announced he wouldn't be running again.
First-term Delta councillor Sylvia Bishop was recently acclaimed the NDP's candidate for that riding. Another councillor, Scott Hamilton, recently said he was approached by the provincial Liberals and is considering also running in Delta North.
The next provincial election is scheduled for May 14, 2013.
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