On Tuesday morning, the Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley, dropped the writ and we are now preparing for an election in the Province of Alberta. The government had to call the election prior to May 31 this year.

In the Drumheller, Three Hills, and Hanna area, we have two constituencies. The Drumheller-Stettler constituency which has been held by Rick Strankman for the past four years. The Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills constituency has been held by Nathan Cooper, who is part of the United Conservative Party, for the past four years.

We reached out to a local social studies teacher, Jay Mulgrew, from St. Anthony's School to better understand what people should expect with the election. "Well I think with this election, there's obviously a lot of popularity with for the UCP party, the Wild Rose and Progressive Conservative parties joining and seeing how that party is going to change the dynamics in Alberta. There is some controversy surrounding the federal government and how the provincial government is dealing with the federal government."

Mulgrew also points out the importance of voting. "Voting is obviously one of the most important civic duties we have as a citizen. I think when we vote it is important not to just randomly pick a party but select a party that most represents your personal views and perspectives and understanding that every politician wants to make our province and our country better."

It is important for young people to take the time to vote. "I think its almost more important for young people (to vote) in my opinion. If you were to lower the voting age to 16, I think it would be a great benefit to our county so that young people can actually participate in the democratic process now while their in school and interested, as opposed to when they turn 18 and forget about the things that we're are trying teach them about civic duty," exclaimed Mulgrew.

The candidates that have declared they are running in the Drumheller-Stettler riding are, Holly Heffernan - New Democrat Party, Nate Horner - United Conservative Party, Mark Nikota - Alberta Party, and Rick Strankman - Independent. The candidates that have declared they are running in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding are, Chase Brown - Alberta Party, Kyle Johnston - New Democrat Party, and Nathan Cooper - United Conservative Party.

The election is on April 16 and we will be your home for Election 2019 with information and results at 99.5 DrumFM and DrumhellerOnline.com

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