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Greens to pick candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam

The party is gearing up for the federal election in October.
The two Green Party of Canada candidates in the federal riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam.

Two newcomers to the Green Party of Canada will vie for the right to represent the Greens' in this fall's federal election for the seat currently held by NDP MP Fin Donnelly.

Sometime this month, Green members in Port Moody-Coquitlam will choose between Port Moody residents Bryce Watts and Javney Mohr; the nomination date has yet to be set.

Watts, 30, is the founder and president of the Forager Foundation and the Forager Media Group’s managing director and writer. Until recently, the he lived in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Mohr, 29, is on the city of Port Moody's Climate Action committee. She is the founder of Spirit of the Land and previously worked as the program director of Pedagogies of Freedom at the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta, and as a field director for an environmental group in Peru.

“We have two very exciting candidates,” riding spokesperson Ian Soutar told The Tri-City News today (Tuesday). “They both plan to work on the campaign.”

The winner will be up against contenders Bonita Zarrillo, a Coquitlam city councillor who is running for the NDP; engineer Sara Badiei for the Liberals; and Nelly Shin, who was announced June 21 as the “acclaimed” candidate for the Conservatives after Matthew Sebastiani was blocked by his party from seeking the nomination.

Donnelly, who was voted in as MP in 2009, will retire following the October election.

Meanwhile, in the other Tri-City federal riding, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, Liberal MP Ron McKinnon is running for re-election against the NDP’s Christina Gower and Nicholas Insley for the Tories. Green Party riding spokesperson Chris Gordon said a nomination date is expected to be held in the last week of July.