The BC NDP has selected a candidate in the Boundary-Similkameen to run in the upcoming provincial election.
Sam Hancheroff was selected over Brian Taylor (mayor of Grand Forks) and Rhonda Bruce at a BC NDP Boundary-Similkameen Constituency Association candidate nomination convention on Saturday in Oliver, B.C.
He is said to be a strong advocate for education, health and seniors’ care, agriculture and environmental awareness.
“After more than a decade of Liberal government, our people in Boundary-Similkameen are looking for positive change,” Hancheroff said in a release. “I am running because I want to give our communities a strong voice in a new NDP government.”
Hancheroff, a school trustee in School District 53, taught at Okanagan Falls for over three decades and is also an elected trustee for the Kaleden Irrigation District.
“I was born in Grand Forks and left Grand Forks in 1970,” Hancheroff told the Gazette. “I attended Selkirk College for a few years and then I went to the University of Victoria. There I received my education degree and moved to Okanagan Falls and taught there for 33 years as a teacher in the elementary schools, focusing on sciences.”
The BC NDP candidate position became vacant when previous candidate Marji Basso stepped down in January.
Hancheroff joins Linda Larson (BC Liberals) and Mischa Popoff (BC Conservatives) as candidates in the Boundary-Similkameen riding, according to bc2013.com.
The British Columbia provincial election is set for Tuesday, May 14.