You can add more names to the list of people looking to replace disgraced former MLA Don MacIntyre in the UCP nomination race in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake riding.
Red Deer county councillor Christine Moore announced her intentions today (Mar 7th).
Moore says her time as county councillor has given her the chance to meet so many people in the riding, and she felt it was time for her to take the next step.
“As a county councillor I’ve gotten to know this area very well, the challenges and the needs, as well as all the great things about our community rooted in agriculture, but so diverse...I feel that this is the right time, I’ve got the experience, and I’m ready to be a strong voice for the people of this riding.
Moore, who has been chair of multiple boards such as the Red Deer Regional Catholic School Board, Co-Chair of Child and Family Services Authority for Central Alberta, as well as founding chair of the Sheraton Celebrity Dance off, says she hopes to get the chance to push the provincial government to look into important issues affecting Central Alberta such as rural crime.
"If I was elected I would propose legislation that would increase the number of judges so our justice system is no longer a revolving door. We really need to do something about rural crime, I've had several town halls as a councillor on this issue and also we took a delegation down to the legislature in December. You know the government would not debate it that day in the House, so it's very, very frustrating and its not going away".
Rural crime is not her only key priority.
“I’m also a strong advocate for education. One of my top priorities would be to fix the education system if I’m elected. We need parental choice, and we need strong families, because they create strong communities.”
This will be the second time Moore looks to land an MLA seat. She lost to NDP candidate Kim Schreiner back in 2016, when Moore ran under the Progressive Conservative banner in the riding of Red Deer North.
Sylvan Lake resident Victor Sloboda also announced this week he is seeking the nomination.
Others who have already declared their intentions include Red Deer-Mountainview MP Earl Dreeshen's son Devin Dreeshen, Penhold town councillor Mike Walsh, former Sylvan Lake town councilor Joan Barnes and Red Deer lawyer Gayle Langford.
The position has been vacant since early February, as MacIntyre resigned after it came to light he was facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.