Jonina Campbell won’t be taking a run at the BC Green Party leadership.
Campbell, a former New Westminster school trustee and a teacher in the Richmond school district, is the BC Greens deputy leader. She ran for the Greens in the 2017 provincial election, tripling the party’s voter support to 25%.
“I gave considerable thought to seeking the permanent leadership of the party, but for personal reasons will not be entering the race this year,” Campbell said in a press release. “I am honoured to continue to work with Adam, with a focus on the rollout of the leadership contest, election readiness and representing the voice of the Lower Mainland.”
In November, Andrew Weaver announced he would be stepping down as party leader but would continue representing the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head in the B.C. Legislature.
BC Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen has announced he’s re-appointed Campbell as deputy leader. Deputy leaders are appointed at the discretion of the current leader of the party.
“I am very grateful to work with such a competent, professional and dedicated team, including deputy leader Jonina Campbell,” Olsen said. “Our party has many significant opportunities in the near future like the leadership contest, which will pave the way for our success in the next election scheduled for October 2021. Jonina’s contribution as deputy leader is a major part of these efforts.”
Following her second-place showing behind NDP incumbent Judy Darcy in the 2017 provincial election, Campbell said she was committed to building the Greens in New West and was working on plans to start a local riding association.