Published Sep 01, 2015D.O.A. leader Joe "Shithead" Keithley is jumping back into party politics, having announced he's vying for a Green Party nomination in an upcoming Metro Vancouver by-election.
Keithley announced his campaign today (September 1), confirming that, if nominated by the Greens, he'll be trying to grab an MLA spot in the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain riding.
"I want to help the citizens of Coquitlam get fair value for their taxes from the BC government, which they are not," Keithley said in a statement. "My other top priorities are: lowering costs for students, helping seniors, tax cuts and incentives for small businesses and promoting 'green' technology. I would also work hard to protect our environment and we all know the Greens are the only party actually committed to that."
This isn't the first time Keithley has tried to grab a nomination from a political party. He had run for the Green Party in the 1996 and 2001 general elections in the since-dissolved riding of Burnaby-Willingdon, and switched allegiances ahead of the 2013 provincial election in an attempt to get nominated as a member of BC's NDP Party. Apparently, the party swap was short-lived.
"I am here to work for the people of Coquitlam and to listen to them, unlike the BC NDP and the BC Liberals who only answer to their financial masters, big unions and big companies respectively," Keithley continued. "I will honestly represent our citizens concerns in the legislature if I am elected. It's really about giving power back to the people. The Green Party is the only party where the votes will not be party whipped. I will put the people's wishes first. Grassroots democracy is what I am all about."
In the meantime, you can watch D.O.A.'s new "Pipeline Fever" video below and see the band's upcoming tour dates here.