Tom Birch, who was the provincial Tories' Shuswap candidate, says he will be running for party president at their annual general meeting next month in Vernon.
Birch, who works for a forestry software company, says he disagrees with some analysts who feel the Conservatives will never be a legitimate contender in B.C. politics.
The Conservatives had a dismal showing at May's election, winning only 4.8 per cent of the popular vote, despite having enjoyed a surge in popularity when dissatisfaction with the BC Liberals grew.
Former party leader John Cummins resigned last month, and at least one person, former Nechako-Lakes candidate and BC Conservative party director Dan Brooks, has already said he intends to seek the leadership.
Members will choose a new leader next April. (CKIZ)
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