Penticton City Councillor Helena Konanz announced today that she would seek the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the new Riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay.
She says she was encouraged by many people to pursue the nomination when Dan Albas made the decision to represent the Conservatives in the new riding of central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola in the next federal election.
“I offer a fresh approach, and fresh face, to both the local Conservative members and the constituents of the new Electoral District of South Okanagan-West Kootenay,” said Ms. Konanz, “I also look forward to meeting voters across the new riding and bringing my knowledge and experience from municipal government and the private sector to serve all residents in the riding”
Ms. Konanz was elected onto Penticton City Council in 2011, winning the second most votes that year. Since entering office, she has focused on promoting business throughout the region, and has served as an alternate on the RDOS Board. In particular she has been pushing provincial leaders and local stakeholders for more assistance in skills trades training.
Should she win the nomination and the following election for the seat of Member of Parliament, Ms. Konanz will continue to focus on job creation and economic development, as she has throughout her term as city councillor.