Jim Postnikoff, BC Liberal Party candidate for Kootenay West, opened his campaign office on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar on Thursday, April 25.
About a dozen supporters and family members were on hand for the opening and Postnikoff thanked Endless Horizons Construction for stepping up to the plate in getting the office space painted and ready to go.
Postnikoff said he and his son, Jesse, — who was recently appointed new campaign manager — spend a lot of time together and are bringing the campaign up to the speed it needs to be.
He added he has been meeting with business owners and citizens in Rossland, Trail and Fruitvale and will be at the Spring Fling celebrations in downtown Castlegar this Saturday.
“It’s incredible what we’ve seen,” said Postnikoff. “A wave is being created here — people are walking up to me on the street to offer support. We’ve been going seven days a week since the nomination.”
When asked about the most significant local issues in the election, Postnikoff touched on health care, senior care, education and jobs. He added he was surprised that the NDP candidate wasn’t saying much.
“I’ve done lots in my life,” said Postnikoff, when asked what specific skills he would bring as an MLA. “I’m not shy and I’m not a stranger to red tape.”
He added that through the various business enterprises he has been involved in, he has seen a reduction in governmental bureaucracy and, if elected, would find ways to reduce it further.
When pressed for specifics, Postnikoff said he didn’t want to unveil too much too early but did say the Kootenays have great potential, there are lots of ways to generate new jobs and he was looking forward to starting those discussions.
“We’re out there meeting people every day; right now there’s a lot of support and I suspect people will be bringing issues [to me] soon,” he said.
Postnikoff is a small business owner and worked as a millwright in the mining and forestry industries for 25 years.
Other candidates in the race for the MLA seat are Katrine Conroy (NDP) and Joseph Hughes (independent).
The candidates campaign phone numbers (alphabetical by last name) are:
Katrine Conroy: 250-365-6311
Joseph Hughes: 250-265-8214
Jim Postnikoff: 250-365-9328