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Laila Goodridge Wins UCP Nomination For Riding of Fort McMurray-Conklin

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Laila Goodridge Wins UCP Nomination For Riding of Fort McMurray-Conklin

Laila Goodridge speaking to the crowd after being named UCP nominee for Fort McMurray-Conklin

The United Conservative Party has their candidate for the riding of Fort McMurray-Conklin.

Laila Goodridge received over 52 per cent of the vote on the second ballot with 273 UCP members casting a ballot on Tuesday.

The seat was left vacant after former MLA Brian Jean who resigned in March.

Goodridge says she’s looking forward to continuing making personal connections with the residents of the riding.

“During the nomination, I knocked on other 2,500 doors and I believe that’s what helped win this and I believe that door knocking and going out and talking to the voters is what’s going to win the by-election.”

Goodridge beat out Elizabeth Keating, Willie Hoflin, and Councillor Phil Meagher.

In a release, UCP Leader Jason Kenny says they need voices like Goodridge at the caucus table and in the Legislature.

“Fighting for pragmatic, common sense solutions to the issues that really matter to Albertans.”

Goodridge will now be going up against another municipal politician as Jane Stroud will officially be named the NDP’s candidate later this month.

“What I heard overwhelmingly at the doors is people do not support the carbon tax, they want to see the pipeline get through as quickly as possible and they want to quality health care and education in this area,” she added.

During her victory speech, Goodridge said she’s anticipating the provincial government to call the election as early as next week.