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Green leader Jane Sterk may be eyeing Carole James' Victoria riding

British Columbia Green Party leader Jane Sterk is reassessing where she might run in the next provincial election.

"I'm narrowing it down," she said. "We're not going to go public, but it will be on south Vancouver Island."

In October The Tyee reported that Sterk said she was considering running in either Oak Bay-Gordon Head or Saanich North and the Islands, which are now held by Liberal cabinet ministers Ida Chong and Murray Coell respectively.

Things have changed somewhat since then, she said.

Could Sterk be thinking of running in Victoria-Beacon Hill, now occupied by outgoing NDP leader Carole James?

"Maybe," she said.

But while outgoing Liberal leader Gordon Campbell has said he would leave his Vancouver-Point Grey seat to make way for newly chosen leader Christy Clark, the 53-year-old James has said she'll stay as an MLA until the next election and might even run again.

Were James to quit before May 17, by the way, she would not qualify for the pension plan available to MLAs as set out in the Members' Remuneration and Pensions Act.

An MLA has to serve at least six years to be eligible for that pension. Though James became leader of the NDP in 2003, it wasn't until May 17, 2005 that she was first elected to the legislature.

In 2009 Sterk came third in Esquimalt-Royal Roads, where the NDP's Maurine Karagianis won handily with over 53 percent of the votes.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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