This fall’s election race in Cariboo-Prince George will be somewhat of a replay of 2015.
Tracy Calogheros has been acclaimed as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the riding. She was the Liberal candidate in 2015 as well and captured 31.5 per cent of the vote, polling second behind Conservative Todd Doherty, who won the seat with 36.6 per cent of the vote.
“I am honoured to have once again earned the trust of local Liberals to represent our community on Parliament Hill, and to work with Justin Trudeau to create new jobs that strengthen our local economy,” said Calogheros in a new release. “I once again look forward to working hard throughout the campaign to earn the support of people throughout Cariboo – Prince George, one conversation at a time.”
Calogheros said she is motivated by the improved Liberal showing in the riding in 2015, compared to 2011 when the party parachuted a candidate in and captured only 5.1 per cent of the vote.
She will be running against Doherty, who is now the incumbent, again, as well as Green Party candidate Mackenzie Kerr, and People’s Party of Canada candidate Jing Lan Yang (Young). The NDP will have its candidate selection meeting this Sunday in Prince George.
Calogheros is the CEO for the Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince
George, a position she has held since 2003. She also currently serves as the president of the Canadian Association of Science Centres and is a director at large for the Fraser Basin Council.
Some of her past roles also include president and interim CEO of the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association, Tourism Chair for the Spirit of BC Community Committee as well as having served as a western representative on the National Selection Committee – Broadband for Rural and Northern Development.
She was honoured with the Association of Science and Technology Centres’ Roy L. Schafer Leading Edge award for Experienced Leadership in the Field in 2016, and in 2017 received the Exploration Museum Governor General’s History Award in the Excellence in Community Programming category alongside the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
She is married with three adult children.