Despite what has gone on in recent months, the BC Conservatives are not dead in the Eastern Fraser Valley.
Local realtor and Rosedale resident Michael Henshall has put his name forward to run for the embattled party in the Chilliwack-Hope riding.
And while the Chilliwack constituency association was dissolved with the departure of some important figures, Henshall told the Times they do have a candidate lined up for the Chilliwack riding.
In October of last year, BC Conservative Party (BCCP) vice-president and 2009 candidate for Chilliwack, Ben Besler, bought a BC Liberal membership from John Martin, who himself announced his defection to the governing party in September.
Martin ran under the BCCP banner to a third-place finish in last year's Chilliwack-Hope byelection, finishing behind BC Liberal Laurie Throness and current NDP MLA, Gwen O'Mahony.
Besler, whom party leader John Cummins has called Judas, is working with Martin to keep Chilliwack under the BC Liberal flag after MLA John Les retires in the spring.
But Henshall and others hanging on with the BCCP in the area aren't giving up without a fight.
Cummins recently named Hen-shall to the BCCP's public finance committee.
The party is still accepting nominations until Jan. 31 for Chilliwack-Hope and the candidate will be chosen or acclaimed Feb. 9.
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