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BC Conservatives add slew of new candidates

The BC Conservative Party today announced 10 new candidates, including three more women, which edges the party closer to its goal of a near-full roster of 85 who'll contend in the May election.

Leader John Cummins has said the party won't oppose independents Vicki Huntington in Delta South or John van Dongen in Abbotsford South.

Until today's blast of new contenders the Conservatives had one female candidate in their roster, Enid Mary Sangster-Kelly for Alberni-Pacific Rim. The three new women running for the party include Diane Hoffman for Comox Valley, Tinku Parmar for Delta North, and Carol Day in Richmond-Steveston.

Hoffman has a PhD in theology and has worked in small business and project management for 30 years. Parmar immigrated to Canada in 1998 and owns a small business in north Delta. Day owns a Richmond-based sign company and is a former local school trustee.

At a glance, other recruits to the party announced today include:

Greg Kazakoff, a chartered accountant who's worked for government ministries and as an independent auditor of them, for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Shane Kennedy, president of a wireless service company, Consolidated Wireless, for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

Earl Olsen, also an accountant who's owned printing plants in Edmonton and Calgary, for Columbia River-Revelstoke.

Barry Sikora, who founded the paper-products printing firm Classic Impressions, for Surrey-Tynehead.

Brian Wilson, who owns an Integra Tire Auto Centre franchise in North Vancouver, for North Vancouver-Seymour.

Jonathan Dieleman, who worked in logging and mining before a dirt-biking accident, for Stikine.

Don Stahl, a B.C. conservation officer and former back-country park ranger, for Abbotsford-Mission.

The party has named 44 candidates to date.

Robyn Smith is The Tyee's election editor.

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