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Acclaimed Green candidates for Tri-City ridings

Brad Nickason and Bryce Watts will represent the Green Party of Canada in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam and in Port Moody-Coquitlam.

The Green Party of Canada candidates in this fall's federal election have been set.

And both have been acclaimed.

Last week, the party’s electoral district association for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam named PoCo resident Brad Nickason as its candidate to challenge incumbent Liberal MP Ron McKinnon. The two faced each other during the 2015 campaign, with Nickason placing fourth out of five candidates, garnering less than 4% of votes cast.

And next Thursday (July 25), party members in the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding will launch the campaign for Bryce Watts, a Port Moody resident who founded the Forager Foundation and is the managing director and writer with the Forager Media Group.

Watts was expected to challenge Javney Mohr for the nomination but Mohr withdrew from the race today (Thursday), citing family reasons and a new job opportunity with a social and environmental justice organization.

Watts, 30, will face the NDP’s Bonita Zarrillo, a Coquitlam city councillor, Sara Badiei for the Liberals and the Conservatives’ acclaimed candidate, Nelly Shin, for the seat currently held by NDP MP Fin Donnelly, who is retiring.

The federal election is in October.