The byelection is officially underway for the riding of Fort McMurray-Conklin.
The provincial government announced on Thursday that the election will be on July 12 – meaning in 28 days we’ll find out who will take over the position after Brian Jean resigned back in March.
On the ballot so far are Laila Goodridge representing the United Conservative Party, NDP candidate and Ward 4 councillor Jane Stroud, as well as Alberta Party Candidate Sid Fayad.
The Alberta Liberals have yet to announce a candidate.
Goodridge has already gone through one voting process to become the UCP nominee last month.
She tells Mix News she’s looking forward to continuing making personal connections with the residents of the riding.
“I’m going to keep going to doors, as I’ve been doing for the last couple of months, and talking to many voters and residents.”
Goodridge says residents have told her they want an improvement in jobs and the economy, something she believes the UCP’s can provide.
“I think the United Conservative Party offers a very positive solution to the NDP.”
She notes she will also fight to eliminate the carbon tax and advocate for more pipelines.
Her actual campaign is set to start on Saturday when UCP Leader Jason Kenney and other members will be in Fort McMurray.
Stroud, on the other hand, was approached by the NDP party. She says she wanted to join because many of their priorities align with her’s.
“The NDP’s have done a lot for our region and I’m sure we can do a lot more. We’ve made some inroads.”
Despite some frustration over the timing to call the election, Stroud notes the NDP’s could have waited longer if they so wished.
“We were well within the timeframe but I think it’s good.”
Since she was officially named the NDP candidate, she’s been visiting the rural communities and parts of Fort McMurray, listening to residents concerns.
“I first entered politics because I saw that our region wasn’t getting the infrastructure and services we needed, so with the byelection called, I’m working hard to earn your vote.”
Stroud is also looking forward to discussing and sharing the NDP’s stance on the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
For the next 28 days, she will be going door-to-door and meeting with more residents.
Starting now, Stroud will be taking a leave of absence from her municipal duties during the byelection. The municipality says they have no legislation in place which would inhibit her from doing so.
He’s a local business owner and entrepreneur.
Fayad moved to Fort McMurray in 2008, operating multiple stores, barbershops, restaurants, and a thrift shop.
-With Files from Jaryn Vecchio