All three provincial parties have chosen nominees for recognition of Nanaimo's key choice, which has the potential to shake power balance B.C. lawgiver.
On Sunday, the NDP nominee MP MP Sheila Malcolmson was praised as a party nominee to keep the seat vacant when NDP MLA Leonard Krog resigned as Nanaimo's mayor.
Malcolmson, who has resigned because Nanaimo-Ladysmith's NDP representative has chosen to work, is hopeful that he can jump from federal and provincial politics.
"We have a lot of progress when B.C. NDP is in power, we have a lot of optimism in agreement," he said.
Nanaimo riding has long been a NDP fortress. But it is traditionally more difficult to invite the selection.
If the NDP loses its place for the Liberals, both NDP-Green and Liberals receive up to 43 seats – a scenario that is generally expected to be unstable and lead to early general elections.
"The stakes are so high, we know that the Liberals throw everything to victory," Malcolmson said.
"We know that they intend to use this choice, trying to overthrow the government and cause general elections, so we will work harder than ever to support Nanaimo voters."
The Liberals quickly moved to nominate a well-known Nanaimo businessman for the Tony Harris party's nomination in early November.
Although the seat draws great attention to political reasons, Harris said his campaign focused on the issues the city is struggling with, such as homelessness, poverty and healthcare.
"It's a campaign from Nanaimo and I think the lens has been centered on our community's other history, and it's really important because our community has long forgotten," he said.
B.C. The Greens chose teacher Michele Ney as a candidate for a 24-hour voting process that ended on Saturday.
Ney's father was the Mayor of Nanaimo for more than two decades and MLA for four years.
"This feels like a soap opera that tells you the truth, because you have two well-known people who run and of course my name is also a pretty well-known name," he said.
Although the outcome of the competition could have an impact on the balance of the Green-NDP power, Ney said he was not worried about splitting the vote.
Instead, he said he was focused on bringing a new vote to a legislator seeking to protect the environment and combat climate change.
"We can not continue to move towards the trend in which we have to turn this ship now and this gives the Greens extra elbows as legislators," he said.
There is no date set.
However, Prime Minister John Horgan has said he wants to see a place that was filled before the budget of the next provincial law in February, so candidates are preparing for the campaign to begin in January.