Glenn Sollitt will carry the B.C. Green Party banner for the provincial election in May

Glenn Sollitt will carry the B.C. Green Party banner for the provincial election in May

Sollitt to run for B.C. Green Party in Parksville-Qualicum

He ran for the national Green Party in the 2015 federal election

Glenn Sollitt will try provincial politics this time.

The B.C. Green Party announced last week Sollitt will be its candidate in this constituency for the May, 2017 election. He ran for the federal Greens in the 2015 election.

“I am extremely happy to be nominated as B.C. Green candidate for Parksville-Qualicum,” Sollitt said. “I hope to be the direct representation that citizens deserve. I will put locals’ concerns ahead of corporate interests or my own job security. I have the desire to positively shape our future and I share the values of the B.C. Greens, a party that commits to evidence-based leadership and a concern for future generations.”

Said B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver: “(Sollitt’s) passion for a positive vision of B.C. and strong representation for his constituents is inspiring.”

Sollitt was born in Edmonton and when he was eight years old his family moved to Salt Spring Island. He worked for his father as a commercial fisherman, later leasing several boats “and eventually building his own boat to fish his way through Mechanical Engineering at UBC,” said a Green Party news release.

Sollitt worked in management in the shellfish aquaculture industry and would later create his own seafood distribution company.

Sollitt and his wife Fiona have three children and have lived in Nanoose Bay and Qualicum Beach for the past 20 years.

In the 2015 federal election, Sollitt earned 8,201 votes (12 per cent) for fourth place in the race for the Courtenay-Alberni seat, won by the NDP’s Gord Johns with 26,583 votes (38 per cent).

— NEWS Staff