The United Conservative Party in Drumheller-Stettler is starting to gear up for next year's provincial election in Alberta. The consituency association (CA) held its first annual general meeting in Hanna on May 17.
Two people have announced their intention to challenge MLA Rick Strankman for the UCP nomination. They are Pollockville farmer Nathan Horner and Todd Pawsey of Castor, who works for the County of Paintearth.
"We formed a local constituency nomination committee; we have to start the process by opening it up for people to apply," stated constituency association president David Mohl. "They also will be in on interviewing any nominees and making recommendations to the provincial nomination committee."
It's a matter of the local CA nomination committee getting all their ducks in a row and then requesting the executive director of the party to open our nominations," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Once that process is opened it will be wrapped up in a rather short time frame."
Mohl says the United Conservative Party has to make both former Conservatives and Wild Rose supporters feel welcome to seek the nomination or support the candidate of their choice.
"I'd like to know who our candidate is so we can start getting that person out there," he confessed. "Just to get that candidate to the functions, to get to know the people so the people get to know who that next candidate is, whether it's a new candidate or our current MLA Rick Strankman. Either way, people need to get to know these guys."
By law, the 30th Alberta general election must be held on or before May 31, 2019.