Invermere is emerging as the epicenter of Columbia River Revelstoke politics, as a third candidate from the Columbia Valley has announced a run at provincial politics.
Already running from Invermere are Doug Clovechok, the chosen candidate of the BC Liberals, and Gerry Taft, current Mayor of Invermere, who is seeking the NDP nomination.
Also seeking the NDP nomination will be Spring Hawes. She is a longtime resident, local business owner, two-term town councillor and active volunteer.
Hawes says she has the experience, passion and a strong commitment to the region needed for the role of MLA.
“I haven’t been a card carrying member of the NDP for very long but the NDP philosophy has always lined up with mine,” she said.
In 2005, Hawes was in a mountain biking accident that left her quadriplegic, but that hasn’t slowed her down. After rehabilitation and learning to live a new way, Hawes has become a powerful advocate for accessibility and inclusion.
“I have had significant personal challenges, but that hasn’t limited me,” says Hawes. “Serving my community is my passion. The opportunity to represent our region at the provincial level is an honour, and my experience in local government and as a local entrepreneur has given me the skills and understanding of what it takes to get the job done.”
“After more than a decade of neglect under the BC Liberals, our public education, healthcare and our natural environment need to be top priority,” added Hawes. “I share those local values and the vision that we deserve a government committed to serving our communities. I plan to be an MLA who will consistently bring our voice to Victoria.”
Hawes said it did take some reflection after she was approached by members of the provincial NDP to run in this riding.
I gave it some good thought,” she said. “It’s an amazing honour to be asked and it comes at a time in my life when it’s possible. My kids are grown. I felt in a really good place. The timing feels really right. I’m excited by the opportunity to represent diversity in Victoria.”
“I have chosen to support Spring because she is one of the most thoughtful, productive, positive, admirable people I have ever met,” says retired teacher and NDP member Anne Jardine. “She lives her life brilliantly, and she is a strong advocate for people with disabilities. I think her voice is one that is much needed in our legislature.”
Hawes says current MLA Norm Macdonald leaves a legacy of exceptional work on behalf of the region, including the drive to keep Jumbo wild. She plans to continue that work and will be starting by meeting with people throughout the region. She will be in Kimberley next Monday.
To stay in touch with Ms. Hawes, people can follow her on facebook or get in touch with her directly at 250-688-0271 or Spring4NDP@gmail.com. To vote in BCNDP nomination process, people need to be residents in the riding and members in good standing of the Columbia River-Revelstoke NDP Constituency Association for 90 days. To become a member, sign up online at www.bcndp.ca or contact Ms. Hawes directly.