Sam Oosterhoff

Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff will run for the Progressive Conservatives in Niagara West-Glanbrook in a November 17 byelection. (Facebook/Sam Oosterhoff for Niagara West - Glanbrook)

A 19-year-old university student has beat out the president of the Progressive Conservatives to win the party's nomination for an upcoming byelection.

Sam Oosterhoff won the PC nomination Saturday night to become the party's candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook.

The riding was vacated when former party leader Tim Hudak resigned last month. The byelection will be held Nov. 17, along with one in Ottawa-Vanier.

Oosterhoff was up against party president and former MP Rick Dykstra, as well as regional councillor Tony Quirk in seeking the nomination.

Oosterhoff is a student at Brock University and has worked as a legislative assistant in Parliament Hill.

PC Leader Patrick Brown says the byelection is an opportunity to share a "positive message of change."