B.C. New Democrats in Surrey-Tynehead will choose their new candidate almost four months after Raj Hundal stepped down as the party’s standard bearer in the electoral district.
The February 9 nomination will be contested by Narima Dela Cruz, Jas Cheema, Avtar Bains, and Dhama Sahota.
Because three of these hopefuls are of South Asian descent and could split the vote of their ethnic group, Rattan Mall, editor of the Asian Journal newspaper, has suggested that Dela Cruz, a Filipino-Canadian, may win.
Dela Cruz told the Straight by phone that she is not taking anything for granted.
Surrey-Tynehead is held by B.C. Liberal MLA Dave Hayer, who is not seeking reelection.
The Asian Journal has previously reported that the B.C. Liberals have been trying to recruit Langley RCMP inspector Amrik Virk as their candidate.
Last summer, the Surrey Leader reported that former Surrey mayoral candidate Vikram Bajwa was interested in becoming the B.C. Liberal nominee in Surrey-Tynehead.