By Medicine Hat News on June 13, 2018.
Drew Barnes has been acclaimed the UCP candidate for the next election in the Cypress-Medicine Hat Riding.
There were no other candidates.
Barnes says he is grateful for the six years he has represented this riding.
“I am a lot more educated and informed (than six years ago) and that is both on the government process and on what’s important to Cypress-Medicine Hatters,” said Barnes.
When Barnes first decided to seek the nomination to be the Wildrose MLA in the Cypress-Medicine Hat riding, Ed Stelmach was the premier of the Progressive Conservative government. After a leadership election Alison Redford became premier followed by the late Jim Prentice. During his tenure there was a provincial election that swept the NDP into power.
In this six-year time frame Barnes has served under three leaders in his political party. Danielle Smith was leader of the Wildrose initially, followed by Brian Jean. The Wildrose party then amalgamated with the PCs to form the United Conservative Party under the leadership of Jason Kenney.
The next provincial election is expected to take place within a year.
To run as a UCP candidate there is a $500 application fee payable to the UCP. Another $500 application fee must be paid to the riding’s UCP constituency association. An additional $1,000 refundable performance deposit is also required, according to the UCP website.