Joy Davies announces bid for federal Liberal seat

SOUTH SURREY – While much of the political talk at this time is focused on the upcoming municipal election three months away, Joy Davies has her eye on the federal riding of South Surrey-White Rock.


With that in mind, Davies announced Friday that she will be seeking the Liberal Party of Canada’s nomination for the riding, which is currently held by MP Russ Hiebert. A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, Hiebert announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election in next year’s federal election.


"I believe it is time to bring my passion, experience and skills to the federal level," said Davies in a release. "I will work with our leader, Justin Trudeau, and engage our electorate on issues that matter to them and the Liberal Party of Canada."


Davis is a former city councillor from Grand Forks and most recently has been a vocal advocate of medicinal marijuana and patient rights in the area.


With Davies now in the running, it remains to be seen if current Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will run against Davies for the Liberal nomination, throw her name in with the Conservatives or even run at all.


After Watts announced earlier this year that she would not be seeking re-election in the coming municipal election, rumours began circulating of a possible move to the federal scene. For her part, Watts said she was going to wait until after her term is over in November before making decisions about her future.