D.O.A. frontman Joe Keithley is ready to rock the political world.
The 56-year-old punk rocker from Burnaby said he can bring a “lot of energy and a fresh perspective” to the legislature, if ever he gets nominated for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
His NDP nomination papers have been approved last week and if nominated, he’ll face off against incumbent Liberal MLA Doug Horne.
“I’ve always been a campaigner for social justice, people’s rights, fairness and honesty for the last 35 years through my songs, words and actions so going from this wild rock band into politics is just a natural progression,” Keithley said Thursday.
“I want to work on affordable housing, a proper and deserving lifestyle for seniors and the environment,” he said, adding he chose to run in Coquitlam after all the Burnaby ridings have been filled and he’s lived in the city when he was younger.
Keithley, who ran for the Green Party in 1996 and 2001, said he’s giving politics another shot “to help the little guy” and believes the B.C. Liberals have a done a “poor job” of running the province.
“(Premier Christy Clark’s) direction for the province has been directionless,” he said. “It’s pretty obvious that the B.C. Liberals have really lost their way and they’re incapable of doing any good for British Columbia.”
There will be a “Come to meet Joe” launch next month where members of the party in the riding can get a chance to meet Keithley.
“I think I can convince them that I’m the right person to be their MLA,” he said.