VANCOUVER: BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon announced Elenore Sturko, a sergeant on leave from the Surrey RCMP, as the party’s candidate in the upcoming Surrey South byelection.
“I’m running to be the next MLA for Surrey South because as a Surrey South resident I’m tired of the NDP’s failed promises for Surrey residents,” said Sturko. “From the rising cost of living, to increased crime, to the failure to deliver on needed mental health services, life is worse off in Surrey under the NDP. I’m excited to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to Victoria on behalf of the people of Surrey South.”
“Elenore’s experience working on the front lines of the opioid crisis and tackling issues facing young families in Surrey will be a great asset for our caucus,” said Falcon.
Also announcing her support for Sturko was Dianne Watts, the former Mayor of Surrey and former Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock.
“Elenore brings a unique perspective to politics and to the discussion that needs to occur if we are going to seriously deal with the important issues that face the people of Surrey South and the entire province of BC,” said Watts. “I am proud to endorse her as I strongly believe it is important to ensure there is a pathway into politics for strong and accomplished women.”
Together with her wife Melissa, Elenore is raising her three children in Surrey South. Eleanor has spent years working as a front-line and media relations officer for the Surrey RCMP. Before joining the RCMP, she worked in media production and as a reservist with the Canadian Forces.
“I look forward to working hard to earn the support of Surrey South voters so that I can join Kevin Falcon and our BC Liberal team in Victoria to bring real solutions to the problems facing our community,” she said.