DAWSON CREEK -- Jordan Kealy has been confirmed as the official Peace River North MLA candidate for the Conservative Party of B.C.

The Director for the Peace River Regional District announced that he submitted his nomination to run in next year’s election for the Peace River North riding in October. The Conservative Party of B.C. made the official announcement on November 24th.

Kealy said his decision to run was due to frustrations with the NDP and B.C. United leadership. Kealy said working at the PRRD he’s, “making a difference in my current role and I love the job. I love being able to represent my constituents. But I feel like there’s big issues here, when you look at the amount of people that die from drug overdoses, like in our community and Dawson Creek, that’s huge."

Kealy says he’s deeply concerned about policies implemented by the current government, which he believes do not align with the preferences of many BC residents, especially those in the North. His mission is to address uniquely northern issues.

He hopes to improve and preserve the local economy and infrastructure. He believes that shutting down critical industries like agriculture, oil and gas, and forestry is not in the best interest of the region. He advocates for responsible spending, smaller government, and initiatives that do not overtax the population.

The B.C. Conservatives are in 2nd place in the polls with the B.C. United Party slightly below them. The NDP is still in the lead with a projected 46 per cent of popular votes.