Parksville city councillor seeking federal seat

Parties are starting to get serious about choosing their candidates for federal election next year

Carrie Powell-Davidson is looking to go national.

The Parksville city councillor confirmed on Saturday morning she will seek the federal Liberal Party nomination this fall.

“It’s all in preliminary stages,” she said in a phone interview from Vancouver Saturday morning, en route to represent the City of Parksville at the annual UBCM convention in Whistler.

Powell-Davidson declined further comment on her federal candidacy, except to say that she is “committed to finishing (her) term in council.” It’s unclear if she will seek to retain her council seat in the Nov. 15 municipal elections.

The next federal election is slated for Oct. 19, 2015. The candidate selection process is underway for most political parties.

The Conservative Party has selected current cabinet minister John Duncan as its candidate in the new riding of Courtenay-Alberni. The NDP has had a couple of people express interest, but have not yet selected its candidate. It’s also unclear when the Liberals will choose their candidate. Last year, federal boundaries were re-drawn moving Parksville Qualicum Beach into a different riding. The new Courtenay-Alberni riding incorporates Courtenay, Baynes Sound, Denman and Hornby Islands, Cumberland, Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet.

Powell-Davidson is currently serving her first term on city council. In the 2011 municipal election, she received 1,400 votes, 8.95 per cent of the total votes. Of the six city councillors elected, she received the fourth-highest number of votes.