Over 70 people crowded into the upstairs room at McMartin House on Wednesday April 10 to see the three members vying to be the Green Party of Canada candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston in the October 21 federal election. All three candidate nominees were well spoken and demonstrated their knowledge of issues concerning the environment and the economy.
Steve Kotze won the nomination on the first round of counting the ranked ballots. A 35 year resident of Lanark Highlands, Kotze is an accountant specializing in small businesses and non-profit organizations. He also volunteers extensively. Kotze said “I want to run for the Green Party to continue my service to the people of my community and because I believe that the Green Party is the party of the 21st century.”
The other nominees were Doug Barr, a Tay Valley Township musician and advocate of sustainable living and Kelvin Hodges, a resident of Perth, who owns and runs a solar energy and storage business. The Green party has made great gains in 4 provinces in the past few years and members are working hard this year to make a breakthrough federally as well.