An experienced businessman, former County of Wetaskiwin councilor and community volunteer will represent the United Conservative Party in the new constituency of Maskwacis Wetaskiwin in the next provincial election.
Richard Wilson, who described himself at a recent candidates forum as a life-long resident of the Pigeon Lake area, defeated his two rivals, Donna Andres and Sandra Kim, in the UCP member vote Aug. 30. The voting was held at the Best western Inn; two advance polls were held last week in Mulhurst Bay and Rolly View.
Contacted early Aug. 31, Wilson, when asked how he felt, answered, “Tired.” Wilson noted he didn’t win on the first ballot, but on the second.
Winning the right to run in the next provincial election under the UCP banner is exciting, noted Wilson. “Really excited,” said, when asked to describe his mindset. “I just see so much great stuff in this constituency that we can work on.”
The nominee said almost as exciting was a call, shortly after the vote results came in, from UCP leader Jason Kenney.
Wilson said he has the highest respect for his two competitors, Andres and Kim, and noted spending so much time together on the campaign trail was enjoyable. ‘That was the best part,” said Wilson.
“I know how hard they worked.”
The Pipestone Flyer has contacted Andres and Kim for comment, and will update as soon as they are available.
The Maskwacis Wetaskiwin nominee said there’s no time to sit around thinking about the victory, though. He confirmed the UCP already has invited him to a caucus meeting soon in the Lethbridge area to get up to speed.