From left: Conservative Party Kootenay-Columbia Electoral District Association president Ken Miller

David Wilks chosen as Kootenay-Columbia Conservative candidate

Kootenay-Columbia Conservatives have chosen David Wilks as the successor to current MP Jim Abbott.

The final vote came Saturday night, with final results coming in the early morning hours of Sunday.

“I am deeply honoured to accept the nomination when the field of four candidates was as strong as it was. We travelled to Revelstoke, Golden, Invermere, Creston, Sparwood, Kimberley and Cranbrook and the support from the membership in each community was overwhelming,” Wilks said in a statement.

Outgoing MP Jim Abbott congratulated Wilks. David Wilks will be a powerful candidate that comes with tremendous experience and credentials.”

Wilks is currently serves as the mayor of Sparwood and is also a board director on the Regional District of East Kootenay.

Abbott last year announced he would retire and not run in the next election.