Milobar looks to follow Lake's path to Victoria

By James Peters
September 6, 2016 - 10:35am Updated: September 6, 2016 - 5:33pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar is taking a shot at provincial politics.

Milobar announced this morning he will seek the BC Liberal nomination in Kamloops-North Thompson.

The announcement comes in the wake of MLA Terry Lake's revelation last week that he will not seek a third term.

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Milobar says the timing is right.

“Over the years as elections have come and gone, I’ve been asked to consider seeking different office from time to time. That thought has always been in the back of my mind, and I thought, now is the time, I am ready to do that,” said Milobar.

Milobar made his announcement at the McArthur Island Sportsplex parking lot, saying it was symbolic considering his long-time involvement with the Tournament Capital program.

Milobar is the second to announce he will seek the nomination, after North Shore Business Improvement Association Executive Director and longtime party organizer Steven Puhallo, who threw his hat in the ring last Friday.

Puhallo says it's positive for the party to have a hotly contested nomination.

“It shows that going into a fifth mandate for the party, and a second premier, there is still a lot of interest in the BC Liberal party. We are still really strong in the area. We’re going to continue to be strong in this area. We have a great cabinet minister that is running again in Kamloops-South Thompson,” said Puhallo.

Puhallo notes the party has yet to set a date for a candidate selection meeting, but he hopes it happens before the party convention planned for early November.

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