BC Conservative Party member Diane Hoffmann finished fourth among the four Comox Valley candidates in Tuesday’s election, earning 1,548 votes or 5.4 per cent of the popular vote.
At one point Tuesday night, the first-time politician and Campbell River resident was sitting at eight per cent.
“I wasn’t surprised but I was hoping to win,” said the Quebec-born Hoffmann, who moved to B.C. in 2001. “This is what the people voted for. It’s been a great run. I wish the new party all the best.”
The BC Conservatives have returned to the political landscape after about a 20-year absence. The Conservatives did not win a seat Tuesday under the leadership of former longtime MP John Cummins.
“Maybe next time it will be even higher,” Hoffmann said of the popular vote. “History has shown that it takes a couple of times. We’re just getting started.”
“It’s been a fabulous learning experience,” said Hoffmann team member Arthur Karpus, noting the time flew during the six-week campaign. “Everything, from how to run a campaign, to signage, things we should do differently next time.
“I’m really looking forward to the next one,” Karpus commented. “This is just a start. We’re here to stay, certainly.”
Hoffmann’s campaign team included Norm Weiss, a former Progressive Conservative MLA from Alberta who oversaw four ministries during 15 years in office.
“I really appreciated them asking me to be involved,” said Weiss, a Bates Beach resident.
Hoffmann said she had fun, made new friends and met new people during the campaign.
Will she do it again?
“Quite possible. Don’t know yet. We’ll see what happens, what the future holds.”