There is talk this morning Conservatives in the South Okanagan will have a first horse in the race for a 2019 federal election call.

City of Penticton councilwoman Helena Konanz is due to make a “major political announcement” this afternoon, according to an advisory sent to local media Wednesday.

Ms. Konanz declared last month she won’t stand for re-election for a third term on Penticton council and is rumored to be interested in the federal Conservative Party nomination for the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

Ms. Konanz expressed an interest in the position in 2015, but quickly withdrew her name from consideration.

Her announcement takes place at 1:30 p.m. at Bufflehead restaurant at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

The riding is currently represented by New Democratic Party MP Richard Cannings, who took 37.3% of the vote in October 2015. He finished about 5,000 votes ahead of Conservative candidate Marshall Neufeld and Liberal Connie Denesiuk.

South Okanagan—West Kootenay was created in 2012 and first contested in 2015. It stretches from Peachland in the Okanagan to Nakusp and Trail to the east and includes Osoyoos and other South Okanagan communites, Grand Forks and Castlegar.

— with files from the Penticton Herald


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