Lewis Dahlby, a 58-year-old Port Coquitlam resident, is running under the Libertarian banner in the Chilliwack-Hope byelection.
Nominations for the April 19 byelection here and in the Port Moody-Coquitlam byelection closed at 1 p.m. Monday.
Dahlby is running in the Chilliwack-Hope riding because a Libertarian friend was going to run in the Port Moody-Coquitlam byelection, he said, but did not get enough signatures before the nomination deadline passed.
Unlike candidates from other parties, Dahlby said, Libertarian candidates “don’t have a whole team and a whole crew working for us.”
Dahlby said he was born in Chilliwack and lived in Hope, but admitted he doesn’t know the Chilliwack-Hope riding very well.
“(But) for people who love freedom, I’m providing that choice for them,” he said.
The fact that the BC Green Party decided not to run a candidate in either byelection was an added incentive to run a candidate because it would give the Libertarian Party a larger share of the spotlight.
“Most people don’t know what we stand for,” Dahlby said.
Dahlby is the fourth candidate in the byelection contest here that includes NDP candidate Gwen O’Mahony, BC Conservative candidate John Martin and BC Liberal candidate Laurie Throness.
In the Port Moody-Coquitlam byelection, NDP candidate Joe Trasolini is running against BC Conservative candidate Christine Clarke and BC Liberal candidate Dennis Marsden.