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Wall, Brynne enter race to represent Green Party in Kootenay-Columbia riding

Kerri Wall (left) of Fernie and Amanda Brynne of Nelson have both declared that they are running for the vacant Kootenay-Columbia riding of the Federal Green Party. — Submitted photos

Two candidates, Abra Brynne of Nelson and Kerri Wall of Fernie have tossed their respective hats in the ring to represent the Green Party Kootenay-Columbia riding in the upcoming Federal Election.

“There is a Green “wave” currently sweeping the nation, we have two outstanding individuals vying for the role,” a Green Party media release said.

“Recent polling data amongst the Canadian public informs us that Green Party leader Elizabeth May far outranks all other federal party leaders in terms of leadership and trust.”

Brynne, who has worked extensively on sustainable food systems and communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 28 years, is currently the Executive Director of the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council.

Brynne said she is deeply concerned about the social and environmental upheaval being experienced around the world and feels that the Green Party is the only political party with the vision and courage to effectively tackle these pressing issues.

Wall, who works for Interior Health, providing public policy facilitation with local and regional governments throughout the Kootenays, as well as mediation and leadership development on the side, wants to see collaborative governance and immediate action on both the climate emergency and Indigenous rights. 

The Green Party Kootenay-Columbia Electoral District Association has organized three opportunities for the local membership to meet Wall and Brynne.

On June 25 at the Hume Hotel Emporium Room in Nelson both candidates will speak between 7-9 p.m. Other dates include July 4th in Fernie and July 7th in Revelstoke.

Kootenay-Columbia residents who are members of the Green Party of Canada will be eligible to vote to nominate our candidate.

The region encompasses the area of B.C. from the border with Alberta to the east, to the Nelson-Kootenay Lake area to the west, and from north of Revelstoke to Salmo and Creston in the south.

Residents must have been members for at least 30 days and be at least 14 years of age to vote.

In order to participate in choosing the candidate, a nomination contest must be attended in person on July 14  (locations and times to be announced). The contestants will again speak and be available to answer questions. 

Residents wishing to join the Green Party of Canada and or contribute to the local campaign on-line . 

The winner between Brynne and Wall will join three other candidates vying for a seat in Ottawa representing the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

Incumbent Wayne Stetski of the NDP, Nelson resident Rick Stewart for the People’s Party of Canada and Rob Morrison of the Conservative Party have all been declared as candidates in the Monday, October 21st Federal Election.