Johnston will run under BCU

West Kelowna city councilor Stephen Johnston has been selected by the BC United party as its candidate in the West Kelowna-Peachland riding.

Johnston, 38, is a two-term councilman who first dove into the political arena in 2014, when he ran unsuccessfully for mayor. He was elected to the council in 2018, but returned to lead in the polls when he was elected to a second term in 2022.

He will carry the BC United flag in place of retired MLA Ben Stewart.

“I am excited to join Kevin Falcon and the BC United team in continuing the exceptional representation that BC United MLA Ben Stewart has provided for 14 years,” Johnston said in a press release.

“Our communities deserve strong representation and I am committed to working tirelessly to ensure that my community and future generations have the best access to things like housing, healthcare, education and public safety. I look forward to working with Kevin Falcon and the BC United team to help shape a prosperous future for our province.”

In the Central Okanagan, Johnston will run for BC United alongside Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield, Dr. Michael Humer in the new Kelowna Center riding and Pavneet Singh, who is running in place of the retired Norm Letnick in Kelowna-Lake Country Coldstream.

Singh is the only one to win his candidacy through a vote of local party members, while the others appear to have been selected by the party leadership.

The BC Conservatives have selected candidates in West Kelowna-Peachland and Kelowna-Lake Country-Coldstream. The BC NDP has not announced any candidates in the region.

The next provincial elections will be held on or before October 19, 2024.