02/12/2015 02:26 EST | Updated 04/14/2015 05:59 EDT

B.C. Liberal to seek federal Tory nomination in Fraser Valley riding

VICTORIA - A member of Premier Christy Clark's Liberal caucus wants to run for the Tories in this year's federal election.

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton says he will seek the federal Conservative nomination in the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission riding.

The spot is currently held by MP Randy Kamp, who recently announced he will not be running this year.

Dalton, who was elected to the provincial legislature in 2009, says he is not running away from the B.C. Liberals and will continue to support the party.

He says he will sit as an Independent in the legislature and plans to return to the Liberal caucus if he does not win the nomination.

Meanwhile, B.C. New Democrats Mable Elmore and Jenny Kwan are seeking the federal NDP nomination in the Vancouver East riding, but will continue to sit provincially until the nomination is decided.