The Alberta Party could have a familiar name on the ballot in Drumheller-Stettler in the next provincial election.
 
Delia CAO Mark Nikota has decided to put his name forward for the centrist party's nomination.
 
"It's the same reason I ran for mayor in Hanna when I was there," he explained. "I think our communities need some promotion and economic development. We've got a lot of big issues we're facing and I want to do what I can to make them better."
 
The Alberta Party is the new kid on the block, politically, in Alberta. It's been around since 1985, but only elected its first MLA in the 2015 general election.
 
"Alberta's historically  always been fairly conservative, but I think over the last 10, 15, even 20 years lots of people have moved here and they've brought new ideas and new ways of doing things," argued Nikota. "I think Alberta's actually fairly progressive and a fairly moderate province when it comes right down to it, so that's why I think a centrist party will appeal to a lot of people."
 
"The way Greg Clark always put it when he was the leader was if there's a good idea out there it shouldn't matter where it comes from," he added. "A right wing idea, left wing idea, if it's going to solve a problem let's do it. It's about positive politics and making things better."
 
The next Alberta general election is scheduled to be held on or before May 31, 2019.
 

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