Two people are now seeking the Conservative nomination in the by-election to replace Jim Watson as MPP for Ottawa-West Nepean.

Community activist Beth Graham announced her intention to run for nomination Thursday.
The release states that Graham, 55, has been urged seek the nomination by many well-known Tories who are concerned about the severe erosion of the Conservative votes in the last provincial election.

Last week, Mike Patton also said he would seek the Conservative nomination for Ottawa-West Nepean.


Patton, a former media relations person for Mayor Larry O’Brien who is currently the director of government and media relations for the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association, lost the last provincial election to Watson by nearly 9,000 votes.

Whichever candidate is chosen, they will likely be running against former Ottawa mayor Bob Chiarelli, who is seeking the Liberal Party nomination in the riding.

A candidate for the NDP will be selected at a nomination meeting in early February.

Graham has served as president of the Leslie Park Community Association and the Nepean Federation of Community Associations and managed constituency affairs for Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, for almost three years.

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