Candidates for the United Conservative Party nomination in Drumheller-Stettler converged on the valley on Thursday to woo local party supporters.

Interested people filled Hall A at the Badlands Community Facility yesterday, September 20, for the Drumheller-Stettler forum.

Nate Horner, current MLA Rick Strankman and Todd Pawsey had three minutes each for opening remarks before questions were submitted from the audience.

"I'm running on a vision of what the MLA should be in this area and I'm running on three I's," Todd Pawsey stated in his opening remarks. "In-touch, Integrity and lastly, Ideas."

Pawsey hails from a farm east of Wainwright and has over 26 years of serving rural communities.UCP1Mediator Jim Fisher followed by Nominee Nate Horner, current MLA Rick Srankman and Nominee Todd Pawsey

Rick Strankman, current MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, was next in his opening remarks.

"As a guy (who) came from activism to create economic development on the federal scale, and actually seeing and witnessing a policy change, I then went on to become the provincial representative under the Wild Rose with the same focus. I want to bring that forward to you again."

Strankman also commented on his current focus of rural irrigation projects within the Drumheller-Stettler riding.

"I have extremely high expectations of this party and believe (in order) to be successful, it needs to be greater then the sum of its parts," said Nate Horner as he concluded the UCP Forum's opening remarks. "It needs to have learned from the mistakes of the past and be mindful of the demographics of Alberta in 2018. Before, the voters of Drumheller-Stettler had a choice in parties; now you have a choice in candidates. That's why I'm running, to provide you with a choice."

The nominees then went on to answer questions submitted by the audience.Those questions included renewable energy, local flood mitigation and issues around the Alberta Carbon Tax.

Polling dates begin on September 27 in Provost and end in Hanna on September 29.

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