London North Centre Progressive Conservatives have chosen who they want to see on the ballot come the next provincial election, and it’s a familiar choice - current city councillor Nancy Branscombe.
Around 400 members packed into the Greek Canadian Club Tuesday night for the nomination meeting between Nancy Branscombe and Phil Squire, a trustee with the London District Catholic School Board.
Branscombe tells AM980 she was happy with the final result.
"I'm very pleased with the results. Phil Squire ran an excellent campaign and as you can tell by the full room and all the energy there it was a hotly contested, and obviously I'm happy that I won."
She says that she'll step aside for a period of 30 days from her duties at City Council, but only once an election is called. The election is expected to happen shortly after the provincial Liberals select a new leader to replace Dalton McGuinty. Their leadership convention is scheduled for the weekend of January 25th, 2013.
"We have a little time to sort of catch our breath and get organized," Branscombe said of the upcoming election.
"Nobody knows when the next election is," she added.
"It could be eight months from now, it could be two years from now. I've already said I wasn't running again for council in 2014, and I'll resign if I win if the provincial election comes along while I'm on council."
This is the second time in two years Branscombe will run for the PCs in London North-Centre while also sitting as a member of London City Council. Back in late 2010, she declared her intention to seek the party's nomination mere weeks after being elected to a second term in Ward 6.
Branscombe lost to Liberal MPP and Health Minister Deb Matthews in the 2011 provincial election by just under 6,600 votes. Matthews, who recently announced she is not seeking the provincial Liberal leadership, has said she intends to run again in the next election.