United Conservative Party members were happy to see their new local association created at its very first annual general meeting May 17.
The founding AGM, held in the Montgomery Glen golf club, was the first step in the newest Alberta political party’s journey to the next provincial election. It was also stated that the association is connected to a new constituency, Maskwacis Wetaskiwin, that won’t exist until after the next provincial election. It’s currently called Wetaskiwin Camrose.
The AGM was handled by UCP staff member Mark Jacks, who noted three executive positions, including president, chief financial officer and secretary, needed to go through nominations and elections that night, followed by the association’s board of director elections.
Jacks noted the board had 27 vacancies; more than 27 nominations would require an election. As it turned out 27 names were put forward and all were acclaimed to the board.
Bill Moore was acclaimed as president, Gary Smith was acclaimed as CFO and Peggy Sloan was acclaimed as secretary.
Erika Barootes, president of the United Conservative Party of Alberta association, made some brief comments. She said the UCP is a party of open communication, a grassroots party that listens to its members.
“We have a party that is one member, one vote,” said Barootes at the AGM.
She said the UCP board will be run like a business, always looking ahead two, three even 10 years.
Moore pointed out unification of the PC and Wildrose parties in the Wetaskiwin Camrose area was seamless and amicable.
Jacks said as a new party the UCP will be holding founding AGMs for constituencies across Alberta, with nominating races to be completed before the end of the year. While candidate nominations have opened in other constituencies, he said it’s not known right now when the Maskwacis Wetaskiwin nominations will officially open.
He said information about running for a UCP nomination is available by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.