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WINNIPEG — The race is on for 2011.

Kelly de Groot is the Progressive Conservative candidate for Kirkfield Park and the first candidate nominated for the Oct. 4, 2011 provincial election.

The Tories say de Groot’s nomination Wednesday night signals the kick-off the PC drive to nominate as many candidates as possible before the end of the year.

De Groot www.kellydegroot.ca/ will go up against NDP incumbent Sharon Blady.

In the 2007 election de Groot campaigned against the NDP’s Jim Rondeau in next-door Assiniboia, losing by almost 2,900 votes.
She ran in the last municipal election in St. Charles and lost to Grant Nordman by 688 votes.

She was appointed in November as acting president & CEO by the board of directors of St. Boniface Hospital Foundation after serving as the finance and managing director with the foundation for the two years.

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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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