The BC NDP has released its list of candidates so far for the Oct. 24, 2020 election.
Out of the three ridings represented the central Okanagan, only one NDP candidate has yet to be named.
Spring Hawes will be running for the BC NDP in the Kelowna West riding.
Hawes is currently a mortgage broker in the Okanagan but was formally an Invermere city councillor. She once went after the Columbia River-Revelstoke BC NDP nomination in 2016 but was defended by Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft.
While in Invermere, Hawes owned and ran a health food store for 12 years and spent seven years as chair of Access in the Community for Equality in the Upper Columbia Valley. Currently she resides on the board of the non-profit Accessible Okanagan.
“As someone passionate about building a world that fully values and embraces diversity in people, I am very excited to be part of John Horgan’s BC NDP team,” said Hawes. “The BC NDP government has made a priority of supporting services to people who need them.
Hawes also served on the board of Interior Health for three years.
“As an entrepreneur I know the only way to truly build a sustainable economy is by including everyone,” explained Hawes.
Hawes will be running against Ben Stewart the incumbent BC Liberal candidate in Kelowna West.
– With files from the Columbia Valley Pioneer