Sunday, September 18, 2016

Brooks returns as leader

by David Wylie - CASTANET Sep 17, 2016 / 9:24 pm
It's not often someone who quits gets their job back again months later. That's what happened Saturday at the BC Conservative leadership convention. Dan Brooks – who quit in January over family and business responsibilities – got his job back, narrowly defeating Kelowna financial advisor Konrad Pimiskern. The vote was 52-48.

Brooks, 41, from Vanderhoof, will guide the party into the May 2017 election. "It's really humbling to be here a second time. You don't get second chances in politics very often," he told delegates. "And I certainly never imagined that I would get a second chance." "I come into this position with open eyes and a deep sense of sobriety. I'd better perform," he said. Brooks said the party has one priority: to nominate candidates to stand in the upcoming provincial election. He acknowledged Pimiskern's efforts, adding the election was a nail biter. The Kelowna resident has officially conceded. "This has been a wonderful experience for me and I want to thank you for all of your support and feedback," said Pimiskern in an email to his supporters. "I hope you will support the party under Dan's leadership."

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