Shannon Martin was the sole candidate at the Progressive Conservative’s nomination meeting held in Oak Bluff on May 13.
Martin will now face off against Liberal Jeremy Barber when a byelection is called for the Morris constituency. The NDP hasn’t held a nomination meeting yet.
The seat was vacated by PC MLA Mavis Taillieu in February.
The 42-year-old La Salle resident, who works as the executive director of Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, has been involved in politics for years. Martin said he got his first insight into provincial politics when he served as an intern at the Manitoba Legislature after he left university.
"I saw men and women who believed they were working for future generations," he said. This inspired him to become active in politics.
"It’s something I’ve always been interested in."
He sees the NDP government’s recent announcement of a 1% increase in the PST as being an issue in the byelection. Long-term flood mitigation, designed to keep Highway 75 open, is needed, he said.
Asked if he’ll focus attention on any rural issues, Martin said he feels there isn’t a real rural-urban divide in terms of what’s important to voters, as everyone wants economic stability.
He’s eager to start his campaign as soon as the date for a byelection is called.