Skeena Liberals to choose candidate Sept. 28

Two wish to be party candidate in next May's provincial election

  • Sep. 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.

LOCAL provincial Liberals will have two choices when they meet Sept. 28 to select a candidate to run in the Skeena riding in next May’s provincial election.

Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce manager Carol Fielding and former city councillor Carol Leclerc have had their candidate papers approved by Liberal party officials.

Both had to collect 25 signatures, complete an application form of more than 40 pages and withstand close scrutiny by party officials to be considered as candidates.

The successful candidate will face current Skeena NDP MLA Robin Austin, who was first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.

Fielding is best known for being the team leader of the Terrace is Kraft Hockeyville 2009 committee.

And she was also chair of the Kermodei Spirit of BC committee, one of many across the province established in the run up to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Leclerc served as a Terrace city councillor for nine years before deciding not to run again in last November’s municipal elections.

She built a reputation on council as a financial watchdog who kept a steady focus on the bottom line.