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MLA Goodridge Looking For UCP Nomination for Upcoming Election

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MLA Goodridge Looking For UCP Nomination for Upcoming Election

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

The current MLA for Fort McMurray – Conklin is looking to keep her job heading into the upcoming provincial election.

Laila Goodridge announced on Friday that she will seek the United Conservative Party nomination for the new riding of Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche.

She recently won a byelection in July to replace the outgoing MLA Brian Jean.

Goodridge tells Mix News she wants to continue what she recently just started.

“I think that’s it’s very important now that our community has a strong voice with proven leadership to represent them now and going into the 2019 election.”

So far, two others have put their names forward to win the UCP nomination – Allan Grandison and Gail Broadbent-Ludwig.

Goodridge says she has no hard feelings that the party didn’t automatically give her the job.

“Our party believes in grassroots democracy and this is grassroots democracy at play.”

“I believe this was the right decision to allow the people to have choices on who their candidate is going forward, boundaries changed dramatically adding all of Lac La Biche County and I’m proud to be part of a party that believes in democracy.”

If chosen, Goodridge says her main priority will be to make sure the people of Lac La Biche understand that she will serve them just as much as Wood Buffalo.

“It’s about northeastern Alberta, it’s not a question about Fort McMurray versus Lac La Biche it’s Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche and we have far more in common than we have apart.”

No date has been set for the nomination vote. The provincial election will take place on or before May 31, 2019.

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