Janzen eyes BC Liberal nomination

Former city councillor Diane Janzen is seeking the B.C. Liberal nomination in Chilliwack-Hope.

Former city councillor Diane Janzen is seeking the B.C. Liberal nomination in Chilliwack-Hope.

The riding was represented by Barry Penner, who recently announced his resignation from politics.

“I am committed to winning the nomination and earning the opportunity to represent all citizens in the great riding of Chilliwack-Hope,” Janzen said in a news release.

Janzen stepped down as city councillor for a run as the federal Liberal candidate in the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding in the May, 2011 election.

Janzen placed third behind the New Democrats in that election, but her campaign organization was touted as a model by the party in its rebuilding process.

Janzen said she decided to seek the nomination “to be a strong advocate for the needs of local constituents and to ensure strong leadership at the provincial level at a very difficult global economic time.”

“While other governments world-wide are on the brink of default, we have retained our triple A credit rating, have the lowest personal income taxes in Canada and have a positive business climate.”

A provincial election is not scheduled until May, 2013, but Janzen told The Progress she decided to announce her campaign for nomination now.

“I wanted to tell everybody I’m very serious about getting the nomination,” she said.

“I would welcome the opportunity to serve under the leadership of Premier Christy Clark and with longstanding MLA John Les to address local issues,” she said.

Nomination candidates who sell the most memberships and win the most votes at the nomination meeting win the nomination.

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