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Jody Sanderson to represent Conservatives in Malpeque for next federal election

Jody Sanderson, a triathlete, hockey coach and business executive who grew up on a farm in York Point, will be the Conservative Party candidate in Malpeque when the next federal election is called.

About 400 members cast ballot in weekend nomination meeting

Jody Sanderson will be the Conservative Party candidate in Malpeque when the next federal election is called. (Len Currie Photography)

Jody Sanderson, a triathlete, hockey coach and business executive who grew up on a farm in York Point, will be the Conservative Party candidate in Malpeque when the next federal election is called.

Sanderson won the nomination over Renée Pastoor during a meeting this weekend.

"I understand the district of Malpeque well, but I also think that I can bring a lot to the table that could benefit the country," he told CBC News in an interview Monday, adding that he believes he would be "a good fit for politics on the national stage."

About 400 people, representing about 60 per cent of the membership in Malpeque, cast a ballot to choose the Conservative candidate, said Mel Crane, the president of the Malpeque Electoral District Association.

The seat, one of four on P.E.I., has been held by Liberal Wayne Easter since 1993.

Sanderson had a 22-year career in banking with HSBC in Canada, Asia and the Middle East before returning to P.E.I. in 2019 and co-founding Sanderson Capital.

"Hard-working Islanders are at risk of being left behind by the current Liberal government, and I am proud to offer the people of Malpeque a clear choice for change in the next election," he said in a weekend news release.

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With files from Jessica Doria-Brown

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