For the Lakeside Leader
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 people have entered the race already.
Brenda Allen- Derkoch of Slave Lake is the second person to announce her candidacy, George says.
Garrett Tomlinson of the Peace River area announced his intention to seek the UCP nomination about two months ago. He served as a councillor in Northern Sunrise County from 2013 to 2017 and county reeve from 2014 to 2017 and is listed online as a communications coordinator for the Lubicon Lake First Nation.
A third nominee is expected to announce this week, George says.
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 and the newly-named Official Opposition.
“We are looking for more candidates,” George says.
However, all applicants are required to meet criteria set out by the party to be eligible to run.
“The provincial UCP will do the final vetting under the local constituency association,” George says.
Applications must be accompanied by the signatures of 50 party members who reside in Lesser Slave Lake constituency.
Applicants must also provide:
-A $500 application fee to the United Conservative Party;
-A $500 application fee to the Lesser Slave Lake UCP Constituency Association; and
-An additional $1,000 refundable performance deposit.
For more information, contact George by email at [email protected]