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.