Penticton City Councilor Helena Konanz announced today that she will seek the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada in the Riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.
Konanz says she was encouraged by many conservative members to run in order to take back the riding in 2019 after announcing she would not be running again in the municipal election this fall.
“I offer a fresh approach, and a fresh face, to the local conservative member’s and constituents of the electoral district of the South Okanagan-West Kootenay,” said Konanz.
“It has not served us well to be represented by the NDP in this region, or by the Liberals in Ottawa, for the past three years.”
Konanz was elected onto Penticton City Council in 2011, winning the second most votes that year, and was one of the top vote getters when she was elected again in 2014.
She has also served on both the board of the Regional District, Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA).
Since entering office, she has focused on promoting business throughout the region, which includes the role as city liaison to on the Penticton Industrial Development Association (PIDA) and pushing provincial leaders and local stakeholders for more assistance in skills trades training.
After graduating from UCLA with a political science degree, Konanz travelled the world as a tennis professional, participating in such tournaments as Wimbledon, and the US Open.
After retiring from professional tennis, Konanz worked for NIKE in their Retail Management Division and opened stores for the company throughout the West Coast of the United States.