Albertans go to the polls next May in a general provincial election and the United Conservative Party (UCP) in Drumheller-Stettler is gearing up.
Two people have stepped up to challenge MLA Rick Strankman for the party's nomination in the riding. However, he doesn't think a lot of people know that he has to win the nomination to run for re-election in the spring.
"A lot of people come up to me and say you're doing a good job, Rick, kick the NDP out," he related. "That's the important point that we want to make, that this nomination process is very important and people need to get out, buy their (party) memberships and make their point known."
"We're not taking anything for granted, that's why we're here in Drumheller, to make people aware that this nomination process is in play, or that we're running up to it, so that they will get their memberships purchased and have an opportunity to exercise their democratic right," explained Strankman. "
The two term incumbent is being challenged for the UCP nomination by Wainwright area farmer Todd Pawsey and Nathan Horner, who hails from Pollockville. No matter who wins, Strankman feels they have the same concerns.
"The big thing is the economy; people want to get back to work, they want to get doing the things they've done. The other thing is rural crime; in some portions of the constituency rural crime is out of control; adn health care is the third issue."
No date for a UCP nomination vote has yet been set. By law, the Alberta Government must call a general election by the end of May, 2019.