UCP nominations open this week

Rehn not running

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

As of this week, anyone wanting to become the United Conservative Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake can do so.

But incumbent UCP MLA Pat Rehn won’t be one of them. Rehn announced on Jan. 14 he wouldn’t be running again.

As we know, two people have long had their names out in the public for the position: Scott Sinclair and Martine Carifelle.

Whether they’ll have any other competition for the UCP position will be determined in short order.

“Four others have expressed interest,” says UCP Lesser Slave Lake Constituency Association president Gordon Ferguson.

To qualify, candidates must present the party with the signatures of 50 supporters, and make a deposit.

Ferguson says the plan at this point is to have voting booths in Slave Lake, High Prairie and Wabasca, for party members to express their preference. A voting date had not been determined by press time. Ferguson says the returning officer will be Mark Jacka.

The new candidate, whoever it turns out to be, will have to hit the ground running. The next provincial election is expected to be in May of this year.

“All remaining constituencies open (for nominations) in the next three weeks,” Ferguson says.

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