The provincial New Democrats added a dash of estrogen to their campaign team this weekend. University of Northern British Columbia political science professor Deborah Poff is now the party's election candidate in Prince George North. Ms. Poff, who was nominated by platform committee co-chair and former cabinet minister Paul Ramsey, received 120 votes while her opponent, Hospital Employees' Union northern region director Kathy Jessome, got 44.
Meanwhile, in Kelowna-Mission, Central Okanagan Teachers' Association executive member and former school trustee Nicki Hokazono beat North Okanagan Labour Council executive member Kevin Hagglund, 79 votes to 44. Other results include acclamations in West Kootenay-Boundary (former provincial New Democrat Rossland-Trail MLA Ed Conroy's wife Katrine) and North Vancouver-Seymour (Hospital Employees' Union Lions Gate Hospital Local president Cathy Pinsent).
CKNW is also reporting Moh Chelali, who helped thwart the attempted assassination of French president Jacques Chirac, has won the nomination in South Surrey-White Rock. He defeated federal New Democrat South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale 2004 election candidate Pummy Kaur.