Two announce Conservative candidate bid in new riding

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The January announcement that MP Jean Crowder would not be running for re-election set up an immediate rush of NDP supporters announcing their intention to fill the void.

But people on the other end of the political spectrum have also been quick to step up to the plate.

Two prominent Duncan residents have announced their intention to seek the local federal nomination for the ruling Conservative party.

They are Damir Wallener, who was the B.C.Conservative candidate in the 2013 provincial election, and Duncan city councillor Martin Barker.

Wallener is a self-employed computer engineer and technologist, who announced his candidacy earlier this month on Facebook.

Barker, a chiropractor, is a long-time Conservative supporter who served as the party's constituency president for Nanaimo-Cowichan. He announced his bid in a March 23 media release.

Each will be running in the new Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding, created in a federal boundary restructure that divided the Nanaimo-Cowichan constituency currently represented by Crowder.

The next election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.

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