B.C. politician Jenny Kwan to run for federal NDP seat in Vancouver East

VANCOUVER — A veteran member of British Columbia’s legislature is going to try to jump to federal politics.

Jenny Kwan says she’ll attempt to get the NDP nomination for the riding of Vancouver-East for this year’s federal election.

The seat is coming open because high-profile New Democrat MP Libby Davies announced last month she will not run again.

Kwan is a former city councillor who has represented Vancouver-Mount Pleasant for the New Democrats in the legislature since 1996.

She announced her plans to run federally on Sunday at a news conference where she was surrounded by community leaders.

The riding has long been an NDP stronghold and the race for the coveted nomination is shaping up to be a tight one.

Kwan will square off against another member of the B.C. New Democrats, Mable Elmore, who announced in December that she also intends to seek the nomination.

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