Incumbent Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok has confirmed he will run as the local riding candidate for the B.C. Liberals again, after B.C. Premier John Horgan called a snap election last week.

Clovechok has been MLA in Columbia-River Revelstoke since the previous provincial election, in May 2017, and has been the Liberals standard-bearer in this riding since the 2013 election.

Speaking to the Pioneer on Wednesday, September 23nd, barely 48 hours after Horgan announced the election on Monday, September 21st, Clovechok said he’s suspected for some time that the premier would call an election earlier than the scheduled October 2021 date, adding that he’s been busy gearing up and that he’ll focus his campaign on his track record in the past three and half years as MLA.

“I’m going to be running on my work. We’ve accomplished a lot. We’ve got a plan and a strategy, and we’re ready to roll,” said Clovechok. “I’m going to let my record speak for itself.”

He cited work on health care, road issues, Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) issues, bringing a Columbia River Treaty committee meeting to Invermere, the task force on bighorn sheep fatalities in Radium, and establishing what may just be the first ever net-zero, off-the grid provincial constituency office in Kimberley, among other efforts, as part of that record.

“All of this was achieved by working with constituents. But as an incumbent, I take nothing for granted and we’re already hard at work. Over the last eight years, I’ve been able to build a really strong team of volunteers, and they are already mobilized,” said Clovechok. “This election is different, both because of the pandemic and because it’s a snap election, so there’s a shorter period of time for the campaign, but I’m excited, and I’m blessed to have such a great, motivated team.”

Clovechok is a longtime resident of Dutch Creek, in the Columbia Valley, and prior to becoming MLA was campus manager of the Invermere campus of College of the Rockies.