The Liberals have selected their candidate in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex for the upcoming provincial election.
Strathroy resident Mike Radan, a small business owner and local volunteer, will carry the Liberal torch once again. He ran provincially in 2014, placing 3rd in the voting behind incumbent MPP Monte McNaughton of the PC’s and Joe Hill of the NDP.
Radan replaces Ryan O’Hagan, who had announced his intention to run in the riding.
However, reports say the vetting process for Liberal candidates led to the change.
“This community is my home, it’s where I’ve raised my children,” Radan said in a media release.
“I can’t stand by and watch Doug Ford’s Conservatives slash services and supports in the region, shutting people out of Ontario’s growth.”
The local Liberal riding association says Radan knows the challenges facing working families, farmers and small business owners in the community.
He is committed to economic development, creating jobs, growing the economy and maintaining the rural way of life.
“Every person deserves the ability to get a good education, find a line of work and live the life they want surrounded by people they love,” Radan said.
Radan lives on a farm with his wife Wendy.
After studying economics at Western University, Radan worked on the factory floor, became an entrepreneur and a business manager specializing in agricultural and commercial lighting projects.
In 2014, Radan went back to school to become a paralegal, focusing on employment law.
He has volunteered with local women’s resource centres to help end violence against women, has coached the Strathroy District Collegiate swimming team and has supported his two children with their long involvement in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
Radan joins McNaughton, the incumbent MPP for the Ontario PC Party, Todd Case, the NDP candidate, Brian Everaert, the Trillium Party of Ontario candidate and Brad Greulich, the Ontario Libertarian Party candidate, who are all in the running this election.
Election day is June 7, 2018.