New democrats pick Seonaigh MacPherson to run in Chilliwack-Hope

'I will work tirelessly in the coming months to fight for the well being of families in this riding.'

Seonaigh MacPherson has announced her intention to run as the next federal NDP candidate for the new riding of Chilliwack-Hope in the 2015 election.

Seonaigh MacPherson has announced her intention to run as the next federal NDP candidate for the new riding of Chilliwack-Hope in the 2015 election.

MacPherson of Chilliwack is an associate professor and head of Adult Education at the University of the Fraser Valley.

“It is a real honour to be the candidate that will represent the Chilliwack-Hope NDP in the 2015 election,” said MacPherson. “This community is so important to me. I will work tirelessly in the coming months to fight for the well being of families in this riding.”

She has written two books and served on the board of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. MacPherson is also a successful entrepreneur who runs a consulting business.

She’s said she’s likely to opt for a simple rather than splashy campaign.

“Democracy is about making informed choices, not about image, sound bytes, and celebrity,” she writes on her blog.

“Deep democracy is magnetic; it’s something that draws us in and captivates us because it’s intrinsically satisfying. And it’s satisfying because it’s important.”

She looks forward to canvassing door to door and learn more about her neighbours and their perspectives.

She wants to visit 8,000 homes and to recruit other NDP canvassers to do the same.

“I will take the time to write this daily blog. I will take the time to organize town halls and special events. I will do all this because I think we need deeper engagement with one another, as citizens, leading up to an election, especially this election, where so much is at stake. We need time together to talk, to think, to reason and decide.”

She’s ready to go.

“Talented, experienced, and intelligent, Seonaigh is an excellent addition to our B.C. team,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.