A former board member with a religious lobby group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion is running for the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election.

James Teitsma says he wants to represent all residents in his constituency and will not push the agenda of his former group.

Teitsma was acclaimed in September as the Tory candidate in the Radisson constituency in east Winnipeg.

Before that, he was a director with the Association for Reformed Political Action, or ARPA, a national group aiming to bring a Christian biblical perspective to politics.

The group has protested abortion, fought against same-sex marriage and lobbied against a provincial law that requires schools to allow support groups for gay students.