B.C. Conservatives nominate two more Central Okanagan candidates

All three ridings in the Kelowna area now have B.C. Conservative candidates running for election next spring.

The three Central Okanagan provincial ridings now have B.C. Conservative candidates in place.

Party leader John Cummins announced Monday that Mike McLoughlin and Brian Guillou have been nominated in Kelowna-Mission and  in Westside-Kelowna respectively.

McLoughlin will try to unseat B.C. Liberal incumbent and Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson in the May 2013 provincial election, while Guillou will attempt to do the same to Ben Stewart, who is the province’s citizen service’s minister.

Both Liberal incumbents were elected for the first time in 2009 and easily succeeded popular Liberal MLAs who did not run for re-election.

McLoughlin, a founding partner and the managing director of the Medi-Kel Family Practice and Walk-in Clinics, has lived in Kelowna for the past 24 years.

He has a bachelor of science degree in geophysics from the University of California, as well as a masters in business administration from UBC. He is married to a doctor and has three adult children.

Guillou was born in Saskatchewan and moved to B.C. with his family when he was 13. A decade later, in Surrey, he started his own contracting, renovation and painting business, Britco Homes Ltd.

In August 1999, Goillou moved both his family and his business to West Kelowna and has lived there for the past 13 years. He is  a married and has three adult children.

McLoughlin and Guillou join local farmer and former Kelowna city councillor Graeme James on the B.C. Conservative roster of candidates for the next spring’s provincial election.

James, one of the party’s first nominated candidates, will try and unseat Liberal incumbent Norm Letnick.

“We are steadily adding to our roster of candidates,” Cummins said Monday in Smithers. “And we fully expect to have a full slate when voters go to the polls next May.”

In addition to the Central Okanagan trio, the B.C. Conservatives have also nominated candidates in Vernon-Monashee, Shuswap and Peace River South.

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