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Marketer, investments researcher join BC Liberal election roster

Two new candidates have joined the BC Liberal Party's fast-filling election roster.

Steve Kim, founder and owner of the boutique marketing firm Boilingplate Group, is the party's candidate in Coquitlam-Maillardville. Kim is a former chair of the C3 Korean Society, a group that promotes volunteerism in the Korean-Canadian community.

"The concerns of Korean Canadians and Coquitlam-Maillardville residents are very similar -- they want B.C. to maintain a strong economy that supports good paying jobs," Kim said in a BC Liberal press release. "I'm running because Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have reached out to the Korean community in a meaningful way and shown that they share our values and concerns."

With NDP MLA Diane Thorne retiring in the district, Kim will run against that party's new candidate, Coquitlam councillor Selina Robinson, as well as recent Kwantlen Polytechnic anthropology grad Edward Stanbrough for the BC Greens.

The BC Liberals also chose their candidate to defend the district of Saanich North and the Islands this May. Current MLA for the district, Liberal Murray Coell, is retiring.

Salt Spring Islander Stephen Roberts, who's served as chief operating officer in the investment research divisions of large banks such as Merrill Lynch and Citibank, won yesterday's nomination race in Saanichton.

In a press release, Roberts touted the BC Liberals "bold plan" to grow the economy in the statement. This May he faces BC NDP candidate Gary Holman, an economist who ran for the seat in the 2009 provincial election. Outgoing MLA Coell beat Holman for the seat by less than one per cent of the vote that year.

Two-time Central Saanich councillor Adam Olsen is the BC Green candidate. He made a bit of history in 2008, as the first First Nations member elected to the council, according to his website.

Robyn Smith is The Tyee's election editor.

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