Guelph Greens Announce Two Potentials for Local Candidate

Hoping to capitalize on the “Green Crush” locally last year in the provincial election, the local riding association of the Green Party has added two new potentials hoping to make the Federal riding Green as well.

The two new nominees are fairly well-known in the local fight against climate change. One is Steve Dyck, the CEO of Guelph Solar who announced his intention to run last month on Facebook. The other is Alex Chapman, the manager of the City of Guelph’s Climate Change Office.

“My kids are my everything,” said Chapman in a media statement. “I believe we can build them a better world – a restored environment, a prosperous economy, and care for the most vulnerable. Guelph can be a beacon of hope and possibility for the entire nation. That is a message I want to bring to Ottawa.”

“I am seeking the Guelph Green nomination to build bridges of trust so people can vote for a plan that puts people and the planet first,” said Dyck, who’s previously run as the Green candidate for Guelph in the 2011 Provincial Election.

“Canadians deserve elected members of Parliament that listen to their concerns and treat them with respect and honesty,” he added. “I will work to build these bridges among all Canadians for a prosperous community that protects our shared healthy and sustainable future.”

Ralph Martin, a professor of plant agriculture in the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph, and current chair of the Canadian Rights and Freedoms Centre, is the third potential candidate for the Green Party’s nomination in Guelph.

The Green Party will be holding a meet-and-greet with their potential candidates at Symposium Cafe on Stone Road this Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm.

So far, only Lloyd Longfield of the Liberal Party, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the riding of Guelph, has been acclaimed by any political party to run locally this fall in the Federal Election.

The Green Party will hold their nomination meeting on April 5.

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