Former Delta school board chair eyes provincial politics
Former Delta Board of Education chair Kelly Guichon is seeking the B.C. Liberal nomination for Delta South.
The announcement was made Tuesday (July 19), during the Delta South B.C. Liberal barbecue at Southlands Barn.
"It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time," Guichon said. "My family is very supportive of this and I will bring a fresh face and a fresh set of ideas to the table."
Guichon recently completed her master's degree in leadership at Royal Roads University. She served two terms on the Delta Board of Education before stepping down in 2008, and runs KWG Enterprises, a consultancy that helps small businesses establish themselves in Delta.
She praised current Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington for her years on municipal council, but she questions how effective the incumbent MLA is at representing South Delta in a legislature dominated by two parties.
"She's done the best she can to do date, but with all these issues facing Delta, we really need a strong voice," Guichon said, explaining that being part of a bigger team would benefit the community.
"We really don't have a voice in Victoria."
According to her biography on the Delta Chamber of Commerce website, Guichon has also served as director for numerous organizations including her current position as vice-chair of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, a past director of both the Ladner and Tswwassen business associations, Delta Earthwise Society and Delta Community Foundation.
Guichon is the first person to announce her intention to seek the B.C. Liberal nomination for the Delta South riding. No nomination date has been set yet.
It has been speculated Premier Christy Clark will call a provincial election later this year.