Oak Lake resident Bob Senff will carry the NDP banner in an upcoming provincial byelection and is ready to roll up his sleeves to work for a better future for all families in Arthur-Virden.
“We’re thrilled that Bob is stepping forward to work for families in Arthur-Virden,” said Premier Greg Selinger.
“His wealth of experience and deep understanding of the needs of Westman means he will play an important role working with our government to strengthen the local economy and make it an even better place for families to live.”
Senff, who has twice ran for the NDP in the past, was acclaimed at a nomination meeting in Virden on Thursday evening.
The 66-year-old retired high school English teacher remains heavily involved in high school and community theatre, and was honoured with a certificate of merit from the federal government in 1988 for his involvement in the arts.
“I love this region and have made many good friends here over the years. I am committed to working on their behalf to build on the investments already made by the Manitoba government,” Senff said.
“I remember the cuts and slashes to programs and salaries by the Filmon PC government, and the fact that the current leader of the Opposition was in that cabinet and is now demanding similar cuts troubles me. We can’t give Pallister’s Conservatives the chance to repeat history.”
The Arthur-Virden seat was left vacant when Progressive Conservative MLA Larry Maguire left to pursue federal politics in October.
While Senff said it will be a challenge to turn the constituency orange, he remains passionate about his belief system. He also thought it was important in the big picture that the party have a local candidate.
“I know it’s been a Conservative stronghold for a long time,” Senff said. “We’re in a byelection, so this isn’t going to change the government of the day, but I run because I believe in families, young people and working people.”
The Progressive Conservatives nominated former insurance agency owner Doyle Piwniuk as their candidate last week. The Liberals have yet to name a nominee.
Selinger has yet to set a byelection date.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 21, 2013