Bill Routley BC NDP
Steve Housser BC Liberal
Kerry Davis BC Green
Damir Wallener BC Conservative
Heather Campbell Independent
At a glance
The BC NDP's Bill Routley, a former forester, took the island district of Cowichan Valley in 2009 with 48 per cent of the vote. He was the president of a local steelworkers union for 18 years.
Routley will run again this May 2013 election. The BC Liberal candidate is Steve Housser, a former newsman for CBC-TV News in Victoria.
The BC Green candidate is Kerry Davis, who's worked in construction, advertising, classic car restoration and is currently self-employed manufacturing model trains.
The BC Conservative candidate is Damir Wallener, a computer engineer who has worked for several start-ups.
Heather Campbell is an independent.
Cowichan Valley was created in 2008 as part of the provincial boundary redistribution. It includes parts of the old districts of Cowichan-Ladysmith and Malahat-Juan de Fuca.
Did you know?
Valley talk: In 2011 this district tied with Nanaimo-North Cowichan for most native English speakers in the province. Just eight per cent of residents had a non-English mother tongue.
That squares with 2006 stats, when Cowichan Valley was recorded as overwhelmingly English speaking and had a low immigrant population of 14 per cent (compared to the B.C. average of 24 per cent). Of those immigrants who moved to Cowichan Valley, over 35 per cent had come from the U.K.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Bill Routley BC NDP||12548||48.4%||Cathy Basskin BC Liberal||9258||35.7%||Simon Lindley BC Green||3058||11.8%||Stewart Murray BC Conservative||924||3.6%|
Telling Stats about Cowichan Valley
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||18%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||44%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||8%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Punjabi: 1.1%, French: 0.2%, German: 0.2%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$62,359||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||79/21||70/30|