B.C. Greens nominate Michele Ney to run in Nanaimo by-election

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      An educator from a well-known political family will carry the Green banner in Nanaimo.

      Today, the party nominated Michele Ney to run for the seat vacated by long-time NDP MLA Leonard Krog, who was elected mayor of Nanaimo on October 20.

      “We’re going to hit the ground running," Ney said in a B.C. Green news release. "Folks in this riding are excited for the opportunity to vote for a B.C. Green who can push government in the right direction—supporting the emerging economy, building 21st-century transportation options, and investing in the next generation through education."

      Ney's father Frank was the long-time mayor of Nanaimo. He served one term in the B.C. legislature with the Social Credit party from 1969 to 1972.

      The B.C. Liberals have nominated local businessman Tony Harris to run in the by-election.

      The NDP candidate is Sheila Malcolmson, who was elected as the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith in 2015. 

      The NDP has 40 seats in the B.C. legislature. It's retained power as a result of a confidence and supply agreement with the B.C. Greens, who hold three seats.

      The B.C. Liberals have 42 seats. Speaker Darryl Plecas is an independent.