By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: March. 23, 2013
Local environmentalist Ana Santos is hoping to be the NDP nominee for MLA in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding.
She is not yet the official candidate, however.
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky is one of the four ridings where the NDP hasn’t announced its candidate yet.
It’s unclear if there are more people in the running for NDP nomination in the region.
“There’s still a few days for others to voice their desire to take the seat,” she said.
A decision on the final candidate is expected soon.
Santos said she has been busy creating change at the local level, but wants to expand her scope.
“I considered running for a Squamish Council seat at the last municipal election, but I think my thirst for change, being part of it, helping it along… requires expanding my scope.”
She said that she was ‘positively interested’ in the state of affairs in our community, in our province, in our country, in the world.
“I feel the need to go further and explore the possibilities for the change that’s needed and that drives me,” she added.
Santos said she hopes the community will support her.
“Individual spirit can work wonders, but it needs a collective mind and the collective effort to be truly effective,” she noted.
If nominated, she faces a formidable challenge in Liberal party MLA hopeful Jordan Sturdy, presently the Mayor of Pemberton.
Sturdy, Mayor of Pemberton since 2005, announced in October last year he would be seeking Liberal nomination for the riding.
In February, he won the nomination to represent the BC Liberals in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding.
“We are only a few months away from the most important election in years,” said Sturdy.
“Today’s BC Liberals are building momentum, and I’m excited to join their renewed team.”
As she prepares for her possible nomination as a NDP candidate, Santos said these are challenging but exciting times.
“We have the opportunity to create the quality of life that we aspire to,” she said.