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Conservatives name Cowichan Valley candidate

Damir Wallener will represent Cowichan's BC Conservatives in the May 2013 provincial general election.

A valley resident since 2009, Wallener has served for the past several years as the Chief Technology Officer with a Vancouver-based firm, Secodix Corporation, which develops high-performance appliances for financial markets.

Wallener is running instead of early party favourite former Cowichan Valley school trustee Cathy Schmidt, who withdrew due to personal reasons.

"Damir is an exceptionally-bright, technology-savvy business man. I'm proud to have (him) on our team," said John Cummins, leader of the BC Conservatives said in a press release.

Born in Vancouver, Wallener attended both the University of British Columbia and Miami-Dade Community College before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

His working career began in the United States with the technology giant, Hewlett Packard Company, and later he helped to launch a number of high-tech, start-up companies.

Damir, his wife, Mariah, and their two school-age daughters raise heritage breed pigs and chickens.

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