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NDP MLAs lining up for leadership race to replace Adrian Dix

Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham endorse Mike Farnworth
Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham endorse Mike Farnworth's second bid for leadership of the B.C. NDP
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VICTORIA – Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth introduced his first two caucus supporters Thursday for the NDP leadership race, promising more to come.

Saanich South MLA Lana Popham and Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson are the first to publicly endorse Farnworth, who finished second to Adrian Dix in the 2011 NDP leadership race.

Farnworth is trailing in MLA support behind Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, the third-place finisher in 2011, who has 15 caucus members on side. Farnworth said there will be more MLA supporters when he holds his official campaign kickoff in Port Coquitlam on Saturday.

Horgan is endorsed by Skeena MLA Robin Austin, Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains, Burnaby-Edmonds MLA Raj Chouhan, New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy, Burnaby-Deer Lake MLA Kathy Corrigan, Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby, Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore, Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser, Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Sue Hammell, Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James, Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Cowichan Valley MLA Bill Routley, Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Jane Shin and North Island MLA Claire Trevena.

Farnworth said 18,000 party members voted in the 2011 contest, won by Dix despite having endorsement of only five caucus members. Candidates have until June to sign up new members and Farnworth predicted that membership will top 20,000 by the time the leadership vote is tallied on Sept. 28.

 

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