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BC NDP completes its roster with four final candidates

The BC NDP has filled out its election roster, with a candidate in all 85 provincial districts announced. Of the final four candidates added this weekend, three were acclaimed.

Ana Santos will be representing West Vancouver-Sea to Sky. The founder of Squamish Climate Action Network, Santos has been heavily involved in ecology activism in her area. She originally hails from Bilboa, Spain, and moved to Canada in 2004.

Peace River North, meanwhile, has a "life-long northerner" in the running. Judy Fox-McGuire has a background in community corrections and labour relations. She'll be vying for votes in the riding with the lowest voter turnout in the 2009 provincial election.

Darwin Wren faces a similar challenge representing Peace River South which, like its northerly sister riding, had a dismal voter turnout last election: it was third lowest. The mayor of Tumbler Ridge, Wren works as a team leader for the Northern Health Authority counselling services. He intends to focus on skills training and education for young people.

Sam Hancheroff, nominated in Boundary-Similkameen, is also an education advocate. He was an Okanagan Falls teacher for over three decades and currently works as a school trustee. His other campaigning areas include health, seniors' care, agriculture and the environment.

The BC NDP rounded out the weekend of announcements with the release of a new TV advertisement.

"Politics has become a dirty word for too many people," says party leader Adrian Dix in the video called "Bring People Back to the Political Process."

With a rockin' background tune and press conference setting, the half-minute spot emphasizes the party's election slogan: "Change for the better, one practical step at a time." Check it out below.

Natascia Lypny is completing a practicum at The Tyee. Follow her on Twitter @wordpuddle.

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