Pat Rehn of Slave Lake is your United Conservative Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake. UCP members chose him out of a field of four in the election held on two days late last month.
“I want to thank the other contestants in this race – John Middelkoop, Brenda Derkoch and Juliette Noskey – and their teams,” said Rehn in a statement posted on his website. “These are all fine individuals with expertise in many important areas, and I look forward to working with them to ensure our riding is the best it can be.”
The voting took place on Nov. 24 and 26 in four locations. High Prairie and Red Earth Creek polling stations were open on the 24th and on Monday the 26th voting took place in Wabasca and Slave Lake. According to the party, over 900 people voted.
Rehn won over runner-up John Middelkoop. Juliette Noskey finished in third place and Brenda Derkoch got the fewest number of votes. Vote totals for the candidates were not available by press time.
UCP leader Jason Kenney offered his congratulations by way of a news release shortly after polling stations closed on Nov. 26.
“Pat is a valuable member of the United Conservative team as we seek to defeat the NDP, re-ignite the Alberta economy and get our province back on track,” he said. “I am pleased to welcome Pat as the United Conservative candidate in Lesser Slave Lake.”
According to the UCP LSL, 901 members voted, out of a membership of 2,200, for a roughly 40 per cent turnout. Paul George, the communications person for the constituency association, says turnout at the Slave Lake polling station was very good; High Prairie was “quite good,” and the Red Earth and Wabasca polls “not as well attended.” However, he says it was still worthwhile doing them.
Rehn was the clear winner, George says, so the preferential vote system was not needed for tie-breaking purposes.