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A lifelong Nanaimo, B.C., resident who says the city deserves more attention from the provincial government is running for the Liberals in an upcoming by-election.

Businessman Tony Harris says Nanaimo has the opportunity to send a message to the government in Victoria that the city will no longer be taken for granted.

Nanaimo has been a New Democrat stronghold, and current member of the legislature Leonard Krog is preparing to leave his seat after being elected mayor of the city.

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Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says Harris is a candidate who looks to build Nanaimo’s future.

A B.C. Liberal statement says Harris will focus on bringing a new intensive care unit to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as one of the major issues in the campaign.

A date hasn’t yet been set for the by-election and Nanaimo NDP member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson is seeking the nomination to run for the provincial New Democrats.

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