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Shawnigan's Steve Housser seeks Cowichan's Liberal nod for B.C.'s May election

Shawnigan Lake resident Steve Housser poses with Premier Christy Clark. -
Shawnigan Lake resident Steve Housser poses with Premier Christy Clark.
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Shawnigan Lake resident Steve Housser seeks the Cowichan Valley riding's Liberal nomination for B.C.'s spring election.

Housser, 63, filed necessary documents this week, including a 52-page candidate-vetting questionnaire.

Cowichan's Liberals have requested a nomination meeting be held before the Christmas season, spokesman Patrick Hrushowy said, noting others are considering challenging Housser.

Housser's been involved in politics for nearly four decades, mostly as a journalist covering Parliament and B.C.'s legislature.

CBC-TV News Victoria's former bureau chief left reporting several years ago, and joined executives of the Malahat Juan de Fuca, and Cowichan Valley B.C. Liberal riding associations.

Now the father of four wants into office.

The catalyst for his political goals, his release states, came at the Liberals' policy convention in Whistler two weeks ago.

The island native, former logger and fisherman says he was "blown away by the upbeat, energetic, can-do attitude of the 800 plus delegates. This was a really positive, gung-ho gathering."

Housser notes Premier Christy Clark "came across as way more energetic, personable and committed than he had imagined."

Free-enterpriser Housser is a member and past-president of the South Cowichan Rotary Club.

"The opposition NDP have not represented the riding well. I hope to change that. First off, bringing a new, modern hospital to the Valley is my number-one priority."

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