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Current valley MLA supports former Valley MLA in leadership bid

 John Horgan is flanked at his candidacy announcement by (left to right): NDP Caucus Whip Maureen Karagianis, former party leader and Carole James and Bill Routley, MLA for Cowichan Valley. - Pirjo Raits
John Horgan is flanked at his candidacy announcement by (left to right): NDP Caucus Whip Maureen Karagianis, former party leader and Carole James and Bill Routley, MLA for Cowichan Valley.
— image credit: Pirjo Raits

A former local MLA has launched his second bid to lead B.C.'s official opposition.

And he has the support of his indirect successor.

John Horgan, who served the valley from 2005 to 2009 as the representative for the now-defunct south Cowichan riding of Malahat-Juan de Fuca is vying with Mike Farnworth to replace Adrian Dix as leader of the NDP.

Horgan went south to the new riding of Juan de Fuca when the boundaries changed in 2009, when Bill Routley stepped into the vacuum in the new riding of Cowichan Valley.

Now Routley is one of 15 members of the NDP caucus to endorse Horgan, who ran unsuccessfully against Dix for party leadership in 2011.

"I am incredibly grateful for the support and encouragement from this group of talented and committed colleagues and the growing number of New Democrats throughout the province," said Horgan in a media release.

"They are a reflection of the diversity of our province. Together, we will offer British Columbians real leadership for all B.C. to replace Premier Clark and her empty slogans."

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