Vanderhoof teacher seeks Conservative nod for Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding

Gerald Caron hopes to win nomination, then defeat New Democrat Nathan Cullen

A VANDERHOOF school teacher wants to be the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for Skeena – Bulkley Valley.

Gerald Caron has announced his candidacy for his party’s nomination leading to the federal election next October.

Caron had been a candidate for the Conservative nomination for the Cariboo-Prince George riding but changed his mind several days ago.

“A major consideration in this decision is his strong connections with the riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley, having worked in Fort St. James, and in Burns Lake, for School District 91,” a release sent out yesterday indicates.

Caron said his candidacy was accepted following a presentation made to the annual general meeting earlier this month of the Conservative riding association for the Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding.

“The challenge that I am taking on, right now, can only be successful with the support of everyone,” said Caron in the release.

The Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding stretches from Haida Gwaii and the north coast to the east where it does not include Vanderhoof but does include Fort St. James.

The riding has been held since 2004 by New Democrat Nathan Cullen who claimed 53 per cent of the vote in the last federal election held in 2011.

Caron had been one of five people seeking the Cariboo-Prince George riding which came into play when MP Dick Harris said he was retiring.

Harris has endorsed one of those candidates while Prince George mayor Shari Green, who is not running again, has also announced her candidacy.