Nelson City Councillor Brittny Anderson is hoping to make the move from the Heritage City chambers to an MLA in the BC Legislature after being acclaimed as the Nelson-Creston BC NDP candidate in the upcoming October 24th provincial election.
In a media release late Tuesday, Anderson said she is excited to join John Horgan's team and work to keep B.C. moving forward.
“Nelson-Creston — and all of B.C. — have been well served by the last three years of a John Horgan government,” Anderson said.
“They have protected health care and education, and avoided the kind of draconian cuts the former B.C. Liberal government inflicted on British Columbia.”
Anderson, 34, replaces current Nelson-Creston MLA and Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness Michelle Mungall, who recently decided not to seek re-election.
The graduate of L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson said she wants to showcase BC NDP’s work on climate change — especially the CleanBC strategy — and protecting services that people count on.
“I am ready to join John Horgan and his BC NDP team to create more affordable housing, tackle climate change and protect our natural environment and further social justice,” said Anderson, who calls the Kootenays home after growing up in Nelson and living in Creston.
Anderson, who was approached by Mungall to run for the Nelson-Creston seat as the NDP candidate, has garnered support of leaders across the region.
“As a local government elected official, Brittny has been dedicated to working on climate change mitigation and adaptation, active transportation, pushing to retrofit public buildings, increase affordable and supportive housing stock, supporting vulnerable populations, working towards reconciliation and ensuring our communities are safe and welcoming for BIPOC people,” said Jen Comer, Creston Town Councillor.
“With Brittny’s experience in our local communities I am confident she would make a great representative for our region.”
Former Nelson City Councillor, Donna Macdonald, said Anderson is intelligent, kind and thoughtful, and is confident she'll work hard to build a bright and secure future for BC.
"I'd be delighted to have her represent Nelson-Creston as part of John Horgan's team,” Macdonald said.
Anderson was elected to Nelson City Council in October 2018 as part of a makeover at the 310 Ward Street council chambers.
Anderson was one of five new councillors elected to join Mayor John Dooley, finishing second in voting behind Rik Logtenberg with 43 per cent of the vote.
Premier John Horgan called the snap election Monday, leaving the other parties scrambling to announce people on the ballot in the upcoming election.
Tuesday, the BC Liberals said the party has 19 more people ready for October.
The Liberals were in the process of hosting nomination elections. However, due to the suddenness of the election call by Horgan, the Liberals are unilaterally declaring candidates in most ridings.
The BC Greens have not yet started announcing candidates. In Nelson-Creston both the Liberals and Greens make their respective announcements.
No matter who is running against the NDP candidate, Anderson is eager to begin the campaign.
“I’m looking forward to connecting with people across this beautiful riding to hear how I can earn their vote on Oct. 24,” Anderson said.
The deadline for candidates to be approved by Elections BC is October 2, 2020.