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PoCo Libertarian to run in New West

New Westminster voters will have a fifth candidate to choose from in the provincial election May 14.

Port Coquitlam resident Lewis Dahlby, a 59-year-old owner of an excavation company, will be running for the Libertarian Party in the New Westminster riding, said Jeff Monds, a party representative.

He said Dahlby, who is currently on a cruise with his wife, decided to run in New West because the party already had candidates running in the riding he lives in as well as neighbouring districts in the Tri-Cities area.

"Lewis had very little choice but to pick something next closest to where he lives," said Monds.

Dahlby also ran for the Libertarians a year ago in the riding of Chilliwack-Hope finishing last out of four candidates with 145 votes, a shade over one per cent of those casting ballots.

According to its website, the party is based on the principle that no individual or group shall initiate force or fraud to achieve political or social goals, and is a strong believer in civil liberties and private property rights, "including drug legalization, ending government controls on economic activity, and ending coercive taxation."

Candidates to replace retiring New Democrat MLA Dawn Black already declared for New Westminster are Hector Bremner of the BC Liberals, the NDP's Judy Darcy, Conservative Paul Forseth, and Terry Teather of the Green Party.

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