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Revelstoke's Rana Nelson seeks Kootenay Columbia Green Party nomination

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 4th, 2021

No a federal election has been called, but that hasn’t stopped the parties from preparing to go to the polls.

In the Kootenay Columbia riding, Revelstoke resident Rana Nelson has tossed her hat into the ring to seek the  nomination for the Green Party of Canada.

Nelson joins Jason Leus of Ymir, and Keith Wiley and Tom Prior of Nelson as candidates for the Kootenay Columbia Green Party nomination.

“I feel compelled to be of service,” Nelson said in a prepared statement.

“I’ve always worked and volunteered in areas to help people have better life, work, and travel experiences.”

Nelson said she has matched clients and employers at WorkBC, co-led the group to bring a Syrian family to Revelstoke, supported families of people with mental health challenges for the BC Schizophrenia Society, worked with businesses and visitors for Terrace Tourism; is currently a director with Revelstoke Community Housing Society, and I work with international students and their host families in my current position at Rocky Mountain International Student Program.

Nelson said these experiences have given her a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities Canadians, and particularly BC residents, have.

“I’ve lived in and travelled all over Canada, including three years in Telegraph Creek, BC in Tahltan Territory, and four years in Ottawa,” said Nelson, a resident of Revelstoke since 2013.

“My husband and I have three children between the ages of 10 and 17, and we all speak French to varying degrees. I’m not afraid to speak up (in French or English) when I see something unjust and I know I can be a strong voice in Ottawa for small businesses, healthcare, water and land protection, infrastructure and a healthy economy in Kootenay-Columbia.”

Nelson said after experiences with other political parties and helping on Abra Brynne’s campaign in the 2019 federal election, she became a Green Party member because she wants to do politics differently.

“Elected representatives work for the people. I want to know what matters to you regardless of how you vote and I want to help you access what you need,” Nelson explained.

“Collaboration and respect across parties will help us more than conflict and recriminations. Let’s put a little love into politics.”

Nelson said she joined the Greens because of their global charter of principles: Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Participatory Democracy, Nonviolence, Sustainability, and Respect for Diversity.

“These values are my values and they are held by Green parties all over the world. While the environment underpins everything Greens stand for – because a healthy environment equals healthy people – we also have strong policies to support education, affordability, small businesses, and reconciliation. Greens are working all over Canada now to push government to implement these.”

Only Green Party of Canada members can nominate the riding candidate, who will then go on to run in the next federal election. To vote for your nominee, join the Greens by February 10  for $10.

Youth 14-18 join for free and can also vote in the nomination, which is expected in mid-March.

Voters must be a member for 30 days to vote for your nominee.

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