The BC Greens have announced a new candidate for the Kamloops-North Thompson riding as the campaign enters its second week. Parties must have all candidates approved by Elections BC by Oct. 2.
Thomas Martin will run against the BC NDP’s new candiate, Sadie Hunter, and incumbent Peter Milobar, of the BC Liberal Party.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Martin moved to Kamloops in 2011 to work as a wildlife firefighter. After graduating from UBC, he continued to work as a firefighter, while working on other projects such as Revelstoke’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
In 2016, he left wildfire fighting to pursure work in the forestry industry. Currently, Martin is a wildfire project manager for Cabin Resource Management, where he leads various wildfire-related forestry projects, including risk reduction, forestry operations and communtiy protection plans.
“I work in forestry and I want a better future for our natural resource sector,” he said. “I believe we can have a resource sector that strengthens rural communities through economic development, makes evidence-based, ecologically sound decisions and strives for reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples.”
Despite the snap election call, Martin still plans to marry his fiancée on election day (Oct. 24) in Kamloops.
The BC Greens also announced a candidate in the Fraser-Nicola riding, Jonah Timms, and Dan Hines will run in Kamloops-South Thompson where he will square off with incumbent, BC Liberal Todd Stone.