John Rustad to run again

John Rustad has confirmed he'll be running in next year's provincial election.

John Rustad has confirmed he’ll be running in next year’s provincial election.

First elected in 2005, Rustad was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2013 as the Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Nechako Lakes constituency.

He’s now the Aboriginal relations and reconciliation minister, a position he’s held since 2013.

An date to have a formal meeting by Nechako Lakes Liberals to official name Rustad as their candidate has yet to be set.

Rustad was handily re-elected in the 2013 provincial election, gathering 53.79 per cent of the vote compared to the 27.65 per cent collected by his closest competitor, New Democrat Sussane Skidmore-Hewlett.

Born and raised in Prince George and now living at Cluculz Lake, Rustad worked in the forest industry and received his first exposure to elected life when he became a school trustee in 2002.

The Nechako Lakes riding stretches along Hwy. 16, taking in the communities of Houston, Burns Lake and Vanderhoof as well as surrounding rural areas.