Columbia Valley resident Samson Boyer has officially
been confirmed as the local Green Party candidate
for the upcoming provincial election.
Last week’s edition of the Pioneer reported that
Boyer was seeking the nomination and, after the paper
went to press, the Greens formally selected the Columere
Park man to run in the Columbia River-Revelstoke
riding. The Oct. 24 election will be the second
kick at the can for Boyer, who represented the Greens
as an 18-year old in 2017.
“I’m really happy the Green Party has chosen me,”
Boyer told the Pioneer earlier this week. “The reason
I’m running is because I don’t feel we have anybody in
our riding who is really addressing climate change, or
addressing the youth, as much as they should. We are
facing a climate crisis that will directly affect the Columbia
Valley, especially industries such as tourism and
forestry. We need somebody who will think about and
act for the long-term future of our valley.”
In 2017 Boyer managed to garner the Greens almost
twice as many votes as the party had previously
managed in Columbia River-Revelstoke.
But he was quick to tell the Pioneer
he thinks that’s more a result of people’s
growing awareness of climate-related issues
rather than a personal reflection of
him as a candidate.
Boyer said he’s excited to be campaigning
for a second time, adding he
made plenty of mistakes the first time
around and that “three years later, I’ve
got a better head on my shoulders.”