The list of people wanting the United Conservative Party nomination for the region’s new riding is growing.
Former Lac La Biche councillor and deputy mayor Gail Broadbent-Ludwig is looking to be the party’s candidate for Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche in next year’s provincial election.
Current MLA Laila Goodridge and former Wood Buffalo mayoral candidate Allan Grandison have also put their names forward.
Broadbent-Ludwig tells Mix News she believes her vast experience in politics is what the riding needs.
“This is a very critical time for the province and Canada and we really need to put someone in the position that has the most experience and most education, so that those skills are utilized to their full potential.”
She also ran for mayor of Lac La Biche twice, losing close contests in both.
Broadbent-Ludwig says the reason she wanted to run was because of the drastic change in the riding -which now includes all of Lac La Biche. Broadbent-Ludwig also believes it’s a good thing that the UCP members have a choice.
“I think it’s important that the entire region has a voice, it’s good for the membership, it reflects strong grassroots participation, it helps build the party and awareness of the issues at bay.”
Meanwhile, Broadbent-Ludwig notes there are many concerns and issues she plans to address if nominated and, ultimately, elected. This includes being an advocate for getting our product to tide-waters, scraping the carbon tax, and maintaining frontline services.
She adds she’ll also push for more investment across the riding.
“We need to expand and diversify, it’s attracting new investment, working with our current investors in industry and when I talk about investment in goes beyond industry, it also includes small business and getting people to really commit to the area.”
The provincial election will take place on or before May 31, 2019.