The race to represent the Federal Conservative party in Prince George-Peace River is on.

Members of the Federal Conservative party have been receiving phone calls Monday evening, that state the nomination period is now underway. The message says nominations will be accepted until Monday Feb. 14. You must also sign up to be a Conservative member by Feb. 14, if you wish to vote for a possible candidate.

The candidates who are then selected to run for the nomination will apparently have three weeks to campaign before a vote by party members is held.

To date, six people have confirmed they will be running for the Conservative nomination. Those include Fort St. John City Councillors Dan Davies and Don Irwin, Teacher Bob Zimmer, Tumbler Ridge Councillor Jerrilyn Schembri, former Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley and Prince George City Councillor Cameron Stoltz.

Jay Hill retired as the riding’s Member of Parliament on Oct. 25, 2011. The Federal Conservatives have not announced a date for the by-election to replace Hill. The Conservatives have six months from the date of Jay HIlls retirement to either call a by-election or hold a full national election.

Hillary Crowley will run for the Green Party and Lois Boone will run representing the NDP. To date the Liberals have not announced a candidate or if they holding a vote to select one.