Premier Christy Clark will seek election to the B.C. Legislature in the riding of Westside-Kelowna, after Ben Stewart announced he would step aside.
“I am humbled by Ben Stewart’s unselfish act of character and generosity, and I will be asking the voters of Westside-Kelowna for their support in the pending byelection,” said Premier Clark.
“It is a great honour that our riding has the opportunity to be represented by Premier Christy Clark and it continues a past tradition of British Columbia premiers in the Okanagan,” said Stewart. “She has a strong mandate and I am doing my part to ensure she is in a position to deliver on her vision for a strong economy and secure tomorrow.”
Clark and Stewart met supporters, local residents and the media to announce the decision. Clark will return to the riding once the cabinet announcement and swearing-in is complete.
“I look forward to earning the support of local voters to represent this area. I will do it with dedication and enthusiasm, backed by a strong group of seatmates that includes Norm Letnick, Steve Thomson, Eric Foster and Dan Ashton,” said Premier Clark.