United Conservative Party members in Drumheller-Stettler will go to the polls near the end of September to choose a person to represent them in the legislature for the next four years, but the incumbent MLA is wondering about the timing.
Rick Strankman, who has a mixed farming operation near Altario on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, doesn't expect a lot of farmers will want to leave their fields to vote now that the harvest is underway.
"One of my emails that I sent to the party office was a picture entitled 'mobile device' and it was a picture of one of our combines," he related. "In whose universe would we be having a nomination at this time of the year? Unfortunately, I didn't get a response to that."
"Especially at this time of year," he added. "There's no party that would call an election in September, it just goes without saying."
This year's nomination vote will be held over three days in a number of locations around the riding, including Drumheller on September 28. Results will be announced the evening of the 29th after the polls close in Hanna.
"Our goal here is to try and achieve open and transparent, democratic, grass roots representation," stated Strankman. "I'm sure hoping that the electorate of the UCP Party in Drumheller-Stettler will get their memberships -- they have until September 6 -- and that they come out and exercise that franchise."