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Only one candidate for North Coast so far

A blog in Prince Rupert says "the North Coast seems to be embracing a collective yawn" about the impending provincial election, with only one candidate nominated so far, and that candidate remaining very quiet.

A March 7 post on the North Coast Review says:

While the rest of the province seems rather intrigued by the approaching provincial election, the North Coast seems to be embracing a collective yawn, at least from the perspective of political organizers and would be candidates for the main parties.

With election day of Mid May nearly two months away, we have yet to hear of a BC Liberal nominee and while rumours persist that there may soon be a Green candidate to be revealed, there hasn't been much talk of late. If the BC Conservatives have any thoughts or designs on a campaign, they are apparently quite top secret.

Not that people aren't talking politics in the community.

There was some excitement on the political front last week, for a brief bit of time, there was that trial balloon of a possible Independent campaign by Joanna Larson, a quest to bring Ms. Larson to a ballot near you now taking to the classified pages of the Northern View (page A15 e edition March 6)

That, at the moment, leaves the riding with but one candidate thus far, Prince Rupert Councillor Jennifer Rice currently the lone confirmed candidate, having wrestled the nomination from Ms. Larson in January and since then, going all but silent and invisible since claiming the nomination.

Her twitter feed but the home of tumble weeds for long stretches of time, her website not providing an update since early December, while her Facebook page rather silent since the nomination was secured.

Not even a pair of rants from Northern View publisher Todd Hamilton have tweaked her interest to offer up a reply, or share some talking points for the community to give some thought to.

Compare that cone of silence like campaign, with the always very active social media contributions of the nominee she defeated.

Joanna Larson, mainly through her twitter feed, has raised items of interest and engaged political discussion frequently since her loss, seemingly much more engaged in the political process at the moment, even if she's not the candidate.

A search for "North Coast" on the BC Liberal website obtained no results. The Green Party appears to have no active team in the Northwest region. The BC Conservatives show no candidate for the North Coast.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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