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Wrestler beats rocker in Coquitlam NDP nomination

B.C. New Democrats have scored a candidate they hope will help them take Christy Clark's Liberals to the mat.

Two-time world champion wrestler Chris Wilson has won the NDP nod in the Coquitlam-Burke Mountain riding.

In order to pin the nomination at a meeting in Coquitlam on Sunday, Wilson first had to silence D.O.A. punk band founder Joe Keithley and two other candidates.

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NDP leader Adrian Dix says Wilson will be a strong contender in the May 14 provincial election and will be a great asset in the suburban Vancouver riding.

Wilson represented Canada at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and is the Executive Director of KidSport Tri-Cities.

He says he's looking forward to helping New Democrats give Coquitlam residents a "new and better government."

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