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Ex-school trustee in race for NDP nod

Sep 15 2012
Charley Beresford is the third person to contest the NDP nomination after the resignation of Victoria MP Denise Savoie. 

Charley Beresford is the third person to contest the NDP nomination after the resignation of Victoria MP Denise Savoie.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist , Times Colonist

Charley Beresford is the third person to jump into the race to represent the NDP in a byelection to replace Victoria MP Denise Savoie, who resigned last month.

Beresford, executive director of the Columbia Institute, a research and public policy institute that focuses on sustainable communities, served as a Victoria school board trustee from 1996 to 2008.

She has run unsuccessfully for provincial office twice, in 2001 and in 2005, when she was runnerup to Oak Bay Liberal Ida Chong.

Beresford said she wants to bring Victoria's voice to Ottawa in order to influence Canada's direction.

"I have a basic desire to make everyday life better for people in my community and in Victoria," Beresford said in an interview on Friday.

Elizabeth Cull, a Victoria business owner and former B.C. deputy premier under premier Mike Harcourt, and Victoria lawyer and environmental law expert Murray Rankin are also running for the NDP nomination.

University of Victoria law professor Donald Galloway, an advocate of refugee and immigrant rights in Canada, is running for the Green party nomination. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has six months to set a byelection date.

The Green nomination vote is set for Sept. 29, while the NDP will choose its candidate on Oct. 14. ceharnett@timescolonist.com

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