Tory hopefuls eye Burnaby North-Seymour

Daren Hancott is seeking the Conservative nomination for Burnaby North-Seymour.  -
Daren Hancott is seeking the Conservative nomination for Burnaby North-Seymour.
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There appears to be no shortage of people trying to replace incumbent Kennedy Stewart as MP in North Burnaby.

The riding of Burnaby-Douglas has been reconfigured to include North Vancouver in the next federal election and will be known as Burnaby North-Seymour.

The New Democrat Stewart announced last year he will run for the NDP nomination in another new riding, Burnaby South.

As for Burnaby-North Seymour, local boy Trevor Ritchie has thrown his hat in the ring to vie for the NDP nomination.

A Burnaby North secondary grad, Ritchie has a bachelor degree in political science from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a bachelor of education degree, also at UBC. A frequent writer of letters to local newspapers, he has worked as a tutor with students with behavioural or cognitive challenges.

The Conservatives also have two candidates running for their nomination.

Burnaby resident Daren Hancott previously served as chief administrative officer at University Canada West and is a past-chair of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. He has also held executive posts at Seafood Products Ltd. and the University of Phoenix.

"I have left the corporate world to try my hand at politics," Hancott said by email.

Hancott is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is still involved with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce as a member of its policy review committee, which writes and reviews policies for small business in the province.

His education includes a bachelor of commerce from Memorial University, a masters of business administration from Saint Mary's University and a PhD in organization and management from Capella University in Minneapolis.

His competition for the Conservative nomination so far is Mike Little, a three-term councillor for the District of North Vancouver.

Little has worked in the lumber transportation industry for the last 16 years and serves as chair of the North Shore Emergency Management Office. He has a bachelor degree in political science.

The creation of the new Burnaby North-Seymour riding is "an opportunity to take back a large area of Burnaby from the New Democratic Party," Little says on his website.

Geographically, North Vancouver, a Conservative stronghold, is home to the largest portion of the new riding.

As reported in the NewsLeader, Burnaby's Terry Beech, is seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding.

In 1999 at the age of 18, Beech became Canada's youngest-ever elected public official when he was voted in as a Nanaimo city councillor.

The next federal election is expected to be held in October 2015.

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