12/22/2014 09:45 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST

MLA Mable Elmore seeks federal NDP nomination in Vancouver East

B.C. NDP MLA Mable Elmore says she is seeking the party's nomination to run in the Vancouver East riding long held by Libby Davies, in the next federal election.

Davies, who has been the NDP MP for Vancouver East since 1997, announced last week she will not run again in the fall.

Elmore, has represented Vancouver-Kensington provincially since she was first elected in 2009, says she loves her current role as a provincial MLA, but federal politics have always been a draw for her.

"My first nomination, I did a federal nomination run, actually in Vancouver-Kingsway in 2005. I was unsuccessful," she said.

"I wasn't planning to run provincially, but I was successfully recruited, ended up being elected and loving the job. So it was a difficult decision, and it was just where my heart was.  I really have that passion nationally."

But securing this nomination won't be easy. There is widespread speculation that long-time NDP MLA Jenny Kwan will also run for the seat. Elmore says she's prepared for that possibility.

"I've put a few calls to Jenny, and we've been back and forth, and I think that, I also have great respect for her. She has a long history as being MLA in Mount Pleasant and also serving on city council, and I think she would certainly be the frontrunner candidate, and I think she would be a very strong candidate, and we'll see who gets in the race," she said Sunday.

Jenny Kwan has served as MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant since she was first elected in 1996.