10/22/2016 19:20 EDT | Updated 10/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Sam Oosterhoff, 19 wins PC nomination for Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — A 19-year-old university student has beat out the president of the Progressive Conservatives to win the party's nomination for an upcoming byelection.

Sam Oosterhoff won the PC nomination Saturday night to become the party's candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook.

The riding was vacated when former party leader Tim Hudak resigned last month and the byelection will be held Nov. 17, along with one in Ottawa-Vanier.

Oosterhoff was up against party president and former MP Rick Dykstra, as well as regional councillor Tony Quirk in seeking the nomination.

Oosterhoff is a student at Brock University and has worked as a legislative assistant in Parliament Hill.

PC Leader Patrick Brown says the byelection is an opportunity to share a "positive message of change."