By Gillian Slade on July 18, 2018.
Michaela Glasgo has won the United Conservative Party’s vote to be its candidate in the Brooks-Medicine Hat riding for the next provincial election.
Months ago, back in March, Glasgo was the first to throw her hat into the ring.
Knocking on doors of homes in the constituency has been a hallmark of her strategy throughout the campaign.
“People deserve to be met face to face,” she explained.
She has also had a team of about 30 volunteers who have also helped to connect with people by telephone.
Glasgo garnered endorsements for her candidacy from a number of politicians.
The hot weather this week had been a concern with speculation that some people may not be sufficiently motivated to get out and vote, said Glasgo. In the end it did not matter.
The process of choosing a candidate for the riding officially commenced on June 7.
Until last week there were three contestants but in the end the ballot only had two names: Glasgo of Medicine Hat and Dinah Hiebert of Brooks.
Only those who had a party membership by a certain date were eligible to vote in Brooks on Monday and in Medicine Hat on Tuesday.
Todd Beasley in Brooks was the second contestant to seek the nomination. He officially withdrew from the race last weekend after the party revealed two derogatory Facebook posts he’d made regarding Islam about a year ago.
Hiebert described the situation regarding Beasley’ as “difficult for more than a few members” of the party.
Those who were supportive of Beasley and considered him the front runner talked about walking away from the voting process, she said. However, others doubled their efforts.
“The turnout in Brooks for day one (of the vote) was incredible,” said Hiebert. “I am so grateful for the support. The bottom line is defeating the NDP …. and (getting) good government in Alberta.”