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.