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Caputo wins Kamloops Conservative nomination

The Crown prosecutor emerged victorious in a four-person battle to succeed MP Cathy McLeod as the Conservative candidate in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in the next federal election.
Frank Caputo
Frank Caputo.

Frank Caputo will be the Conservative candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in the next federal election.

Caputo, a Crown prosecutor, emerged victorious in a weekend membership vote featuring four candidates.

Also seeking the nomination were Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis, Tobiano founder Mike Grenier and Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer.

Results of the membership vote — in which about 800 ballots were cast — were not released by the riding association.

Caputo will succeed four-term MP Cathy McLeod as the Conservative candidate, as McLeod has decided to not seek re-election.

An election call is expected later this month.

Confirmed candidates in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo included Caputo, Bill Sundhu (acclaimed as the NDP candidate), George Petel (acclaimed as the Liberal candidate) and Corally Delwo (who won a two-person race for the People’s Party of Canada nomination). Yet to confirm candidates are the Green and Maverick parties,

The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding has been represented by a Conservative/Canadian Alliance MP throughout this century, since Betty Hinton defeated two-decade NDP MP Nelson Riis in the 2000 election.

The riding has had a female MP (Hinton and McLeod) for the past 21 years.