United Conservative Party candidate Todd Pawsey was thrown off the ballot in Drumheller-Stettler because of inappropriate comments. That word from the party's executive director.

Todd Pawsey picTodd Pawsey. Photo courtesy Facebook."There were concerns with his social media postings, the type of postings," explained Janice Harrington. "Some sexist commentary, anti-trans-gender, some of those issues."

Harrington did not go into specifics, but stated the party's position, and that of leader Jason Kenney, is crystal clear.

"He has been very clear right from the beginning that those who have serious reputational problems would be vetted out of the process," she told Drum FM, adding that the timing -- a day before voting began -- was not a factor in the decision to disqualify Pawsey.

"We've made a commitment that regardless of where we are in the process, either as a contestant or a candidate, that if reputational problems become an issue that disqualification will happen."

Pawsey appealed his disqualification to the UCP board of directors, but they refused to hear it. He has decided to throw his support behind Nate Horner, who is challenging incumbent Rick Strankman for the nomination in Drumheller-Stettler.

The polls are open Friday, September 28 at the Ramada Hotel in Drumheller from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The winner will be announced on Saturday evening after the ballots are counted in Hanna. Drumhelleronline.com will have the results posted as soon as they are available.



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