April 12, 2014 7:49 pm

Dan Brooks named leader of the BC Conservatives

Dan Brooks was named leader of the BC Conservatives Saturday in Richmond, B.C.

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The BC Conservatives elected Dan Brooks of Kamloops to replace John Cummins as their leader Saturday afternoon.

Brooks was chosen over Vancouver’s Rick Peterson by party delegates at their leadership convention in Richmond.

In last year’s provincial election, the party failed to win any seats under Cummins’ leadership. The embattled leader even lost his own riding of Langley.

Cummins, 71, was named the leader of the party in May 2011 and stepped down last July.

The party is now hoping to rebuild with Brooks as leader.

The 39-year-old grew up in Vanderhoof, B.C. where his family owned and operated a hunting lodge.

Brooks still owns the hunting resort, however recently focused his efforts on business development and marketing geared toward the tourism industry.

He became active in the BC Conservatives several years ago and sat on the board of directors before running in the Nechako Lakes electoral district, which he lost.

In September, Brooks announced his bid for leadership of the party. He beat out Peterson in the vote Saturday with 1,967 of a possible 3,261 points in a weighted system.

 

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