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Aaron Sam calling failed bid for the BC NDP Fraser Nicola nomination a positive experience.

"In life, we're always learning, and I've learned a lot over the last few months. I have no regrets, I worked really hard. And, I look forward to see what the future holds for me."

The Lower Nicola Band Chief says he will now be supporting Harry Lali, who defeated Sam at the Fraser Nicola riding nomination meeting in Merritt today, as the party looks to win back a riding narrowly lost to incumbent BC Liberal candidate Jackie Tegart in 2014.

"I'm a member of the NDP, and he won. I'll support him. And, now it's time to beat the Liberals in May."

Heading into today's nomination meeting Sam had received public endorsements from both BC NDP leader John Horgan, as well as former BC Premier Mike Harcourt.

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