BC United Announces Re-election Bids for MLAs Doug Clovechok and Tom Shypitka; MLA Ben Stewart to Retire


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

VICTORIA, B.C. – Today in Victoria, BC United Leader Kevin Falcon announced that two capable and experienced Members of the Legislative Assembly – Doug Clovechok and Tom Shypitka –will be seeking re-election under BC United in the next provincial election, scheduled for October 2024.

Falcon expressed his utmost confidence in the re-election bids of Clovechok and Shypitka, stating, “I am delighted to have Doug and Tom running once again under the BC United banner. Their commitment to their constituents and their extensive track record of service is remarkable. I am proud to have them as part of our experienced team, working tirelessly to bring about positive change for the people of British Columbia on the issues that matter most such as the cost of living, public safety, health care, infrastructure, and mental health and addictions supports.”

Doug Clovechok, who has been serving as MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke since 2017, has held various key positions within the Official Opposition and has been a relentless advocate for his constituents. He brings with him a wealth of experience, both in education and business, making him a valuable asset to the BC United team. Clovechok commented, “I am excited to be running for re-election with BC United. It has truly been an honour to serve the people of Columbia River – Revelstoke and I’m looking forward to continue the important work that we have started, and what is yet to come.”

Tom Shypitka, MLA for Kootenay East since 2017, has been a dedicated advocate for mining and low carbon innovation. With a background of participating in various local boards and extensive community involvement, he is deeply committed to the betterment of his region. Shypitka shared his enthusiasm to run for re-election in Kootenay-Rockies stating, “Under the leadership of Kevin Falcon, with the BC United team, we will fix British Columbia and create better outcomes for both the Kootenay Region and our beautiful province”. 

In addition to these exciting re-election bids, BC United also announced that MLA Ben Stewart will not be seeking re-election. First elected in 2009, Stewart has been a prominent figure in BC politics, currently serving as the Shadow Minister for Tourism and Trade. Throughout his political career, Stewart held various ministerial positions and was appointed British Columbia’s Special Representative in Asia. His contributions to his community and British Columbia have been invaluable.

As the 2024 election approaches, BC United continues to build a strong, competent, election-ready team that focuses on a positive vision for the future of the province and delivering results. 


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Zoe Frankcom
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