FORT ST. JOHN -- Ellis Ross has gained support from a high profile MLA  in the BC Liberal Leadership race.

The MLA for Peace River North announcing he is supporting Ross for the party’s top job.

Dan Davies says, “the goal is now to get Ellis past the finish line.”

Davies was the Caucus Liaison to the BC Liberal Party Executive. It’s a job he has held since January.

He stepped aside from the position in part, because it prevented him from supporting a candidate in the leadership race.

‘It’s hard sitting on the sidelines during a dynamic leadership race,” said Davies when talking about his decision to resign his Caucus Liaison postion.

Davies praised the MLA for Skeena for his understanding of Northeast B.C. and the Peace Region.

“It would be great to see Ellis become the first Indigenous opposition leader, even better to see him become the first Indigenous Premier of B.C.,” said Davies

With just over a month left until the deadline to sign up new members, the six candidates in the race are within sight of the finish line.

The vote to elect a new party leader will be held on February 5th, 2022.