South Peace News
Who will carry the banner of the new United Conservative Party in the Lesser Slave Lake constituency in the next provincial election?
An official candidate will likely be chosen in the next three months, says a party official.
“We plan to set a date and location by September,” says Paul George, UCP vice-president of communications.
“We have been told by party leadership to select a candidate by fall.”
He expects details could be announced sooner to be ready for the provincial election campaign expected next spring.
“The provincial election won’t be held until May 2019 and perhaps even a year later if the NDP can squeeze out a palatable excuse to postpone,” George says.
Two candidates have already entered the race.
Slave Lake’s Brenda Allen-Derkoch is the second person to announce her candidacy.
Garrett Tomlinson of the Peace River area announced his nomination about two months ago.
Tomlinson served as a councillor in Northern Sunrise County from 2013-17 and county reeve from 2014-17. He is listed online as a communications coordinator for the Lubicon Lake First Nation.
A third nominee is expected to join the race.
The winning candidate will be the first to represent the new party that was formed when the former Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties merged to become the UCP in July 2017.
For more information, contact George by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.