At a glance
BC NDP candidate Katrine Conroy won the southern riding in the 2009 election with about triple the votes of her BC Liberal rival. The BC Liberals spent $3,000 less than the BC NDP in that election. The riding was created in 2008 and first contested in 2009.
Incumbent Conroy, opposition critic for seniors and long-term care, will run again in 2013. The BC Liberal candidate is Jim Postnikoff, a small business owner and millwright in the mining and forestry industries for 25 years.
Joseph Hughes, a 29-year-old father of three, has served as a councillor in Nakusp and runs as an independent in this election.
Glen Byle is also an independent.
The Kootenay West district draws primarily from the previous West Kootenay-Boundary district. In 2001 that district was won by the BC Liberals with nearly a 20 per cent margin, then by the NDP in 2005 with a 30 per cent margin.
Did you know?
Incumbent Katrine Conroy's husband is a former MLA. Another former MLA joked that Katrine was always known as the brains behind the operation.
In 2006, Kootenay West had the lowest proportion of low-income seniors in the province. It also had both a high rate of home ownership (12 per cent higher than the provincial average) and among the most people who have not moved in the past five years; combined, these could mean emphasis on property rights.
Previous Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||%||Katrine Conroy BC NDP||12126||66.7%||Brenda Binnie BC Liberal||4072||22.4%||Andy Morel BC Green||1791||9.8%||Zachary Crispin Communist Party of BC||204||1.1%|
Telling Stats about Kootenay West
|Statistic||Riding percentage||B.C. average|
|Percent seniors, 2011||19%||15.8%|
|Percent families with kids 24 and under, 2011||43%||47.7%|
|Percent residents with non-English mother tongue, 2011||12%||26.4%|
|Top three non-English languages spoken at home, 2006||Russian: 0.8%, Italian: 0.5%, German: 0.3%||n/a|
|Average household income (before tax), 2006||$57,247||$67,675|
|Owners vs. renters, 2006||82/16||70/30|