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NDP reveal replacement for Vancouver-False Creek

The B.C. New Democratic Party has selected Jordan Parente as the replacement candidate for Vancouver-False Creek.

All that remains to make it official is the formality of the riding nomination convention tonight, said NDP president Jeff Fox, who added he has no worries that Parente, the only candidate, will be approved.

“I am overwhelmingly confident,” Fox told The Tyee.

Parente is an employee of the city of Vancouver Parking Management branch and was active in the Vision Vancouver municipal election campaign last fall, Fox said.

He has currently been working on the campaign to elect NDP candidate Mel Lehan in Vancouver-Point Grey.

The 25-year-old nominee will replace former candidate Ray Lam, who withdrew from the race on Sunday as a result of "inappropriate" photos that were posted on the social networking Facebook site.

Five or six candidates stepped forward to be considered for the nomination but Parente was the only one able to provide the time and energy commitment for the vetting process, said Fox.

“In the end, Jordan was the one who was most proactive on this and most anxious for the opportunity.”

“He provided full disclosure…including Facebook,” Fox said.

The NDP is excited about Parente and has high hopes for a win in Vancouver-False Creek, Fox added.

“He has boundless enthusiasm that constituents are going to find very attractive.”

Garrett Zehr reports for The Tyee.

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