General Voting Day is May 9 in the British Columbia 2017 General election. On that day you will decide who will represent you for the next term. We invited the candidates to submit a brief bio and encourage you to get informed.
Here are the candidates running in the Nanaimo – North Cowichan District.
P Anna Paddon (Independent) could not be reached by press time.
Alana DeLong (Liberal) is a mother, an entrepreneur, a mathematician, a computer programmer and, last but not least, a politician with passion for getting things done.She returned to Vancouver Island after a stellar business career during which she worked for major corporations before founding a successful 11-person software company that specialized in making incompatible systems communicate with each other. She then took these skills into politics and spent 12 years as an MLA, earning a reputation as a constituency politician who actively sought solutions to people’s problems even if it meant going straight to the Premier for answers. She has come out of her peaceful retirement on Thetis Island after becoming frustrated by the lack of solutions to regular problems like interrupted water supplies and crumbling roads, problems she knows can be solved by a conscientious MLA who really listens. She also knows what it takes to attract investment in added-value forestry projects that will reduce log exports and create well-paying jobs right here.
Doug Routley (NDP) long time Vancouver Island resident who understands the unique challenges and opportunities of life in this region.
As an MLA, Doug is committed to representing his community’s interests in Victoria. Some of his achievements as MLA include: Critic for Housing and Homelessness, Critic for Skills Training and Apprenticeship, Critic for Citizen Services and Open Government, Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection and Deputy Critic of Health. While a member of the Select Standing Committee on Education Doug traveled throughout BC consulting with citizens, stakeholders and experts on the issue of adult literacy. The committee heard from a broad range of people about the challenges faced by British Columbians who are challenged by issues of literacy. When the BC Liberal majority on the committee refused to include many of the views that were heard, particularly those critical voices, Doug spearheaded the submission of a minority report.
Lia Versaevel (BC Green Party) is a Chemainus resident and small business owner Versaevel, 61, has more than 35 years of experience in conflict resolution, collaborative justice, education and law enforcement, as well as advocacy for the vulnerable. Versaevel spent 27 years with the B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General before moving to the U.S. in 2004 to work in family mediation. On her return to Vancouver Island in 2013, she re-established her business, Accord Family Mediation Services. Versaevel is President of Family Mediation Canada, board member of the Chemainus Residents’ Association, vice-president of Ladysmith’s Lions Club, and member of the B.C. Wildlife Federation. 
As your MLA I will work with others in the legislature to implement a basic income, raise the minimum wage and eliminate MSP premiums as part of a multi-faceted poverty reduction strategy.
Lastly, I want to partner with educators, citizens and scientists to establish an international commission, similar to that for the Great Lakes, to protect the Salish Sea.
Exercise your right to vote on Election Day!