Never mind the rumours: the United Conservative Party of Lesser Slave Lake did not meet last week in High Prairie to choose a candidate.
The constituency association did have a board meeting and struck a committee to look after the nomination process. According to UCP LSL communications person Paul George, the plan is to wrap it up within the next few months. In the meantime, “we need to raise some funds so we can back our candidate,” he says. “We’re going to do a button drive.”
A button drive consists of selling UCP campaign buttons, or at least giving them away for a donation.
Will there be actual button drive events?
“Yes,” says George. “Many!”
So the process of choosing a candidate is still somewhat up in the air. George says four have declared, and the details can actually be found on the Elections Alberta website.
George knows of one more who is considering a run for the UCP nomination. Another, he says, when he found out how many are already interested, withdrew.
“I’m excited about all the candidates,” George says. “It’s looking good.”
Darryl Boisson – who has run twice for the Wildrose Party – is a recent addition to the growing list of hopefuls for the UCP LSL nomination. Even more recent is Jim Sparks of Slave Lake. The other two are Garrett Tomlinson of Northern Sunrise County and Brenda Derkoch of Slave Lake.