So What’s a Nomination Race Anyway?

Confused? Don’t worry….

As I have been contacting people over the last few months and asking them to support my nomination bid, it has become apparent that there is some confusion about what I’m asking them to do, and why.

This is NOT for the next provincial election…although, of course I DO want you to vote for me in that too! But that’s not what the nomination race is about.

I AM asking that you support me as I seek to become the UCP candidate again in the Drumheller Stettler constituency.

This second point is where it can be confusing. Aren’t I already the MLA? Doesn’t that mean it will be my name on the ballot for the UCP in the next election?

No. That’s because before each election, each constituency association has to choose who will be their candidate in that election. And because the UCP believes in grassroots democracy, it is the members of the party in each constituency who will choose that candidate, rather than a top-down process where the party picks the candidate.

So How Does it Work?

The new Constituency Association Board will appoint a Local Constituency Nominating Committee (LCNC) and inform the Party that they are ready to open their nomination race.

The LCNC can approach people whom they feel would make a good candidate, or there might be others who approach them to put their hat in the ring. Just because a riding, like ours, already has an elected MLA, that doesn’t mean that the MLA will automatically become the candidate the next time around. This nomination process is the opportunity for members to put their name forward as the candidate before each election.

Sometimes there is only one person who puts their name forward. In that case, that nominee is acclaimed (assuming they make it through the vetting process, done at both the local and Party level).

If there is more than one person who signs up to be a nominee, there will be a vote to determine who the UCP candidate will be. As of right now, we know of at least two people who have announced intentions to enter the race besides me. So that means we have to be ready!

Can You Help Me?

That’s why I’m asking people to buy memberships and support me. Our goal to have a thousand memberships sold to supporters by the end of June, and we are well on our way.

But we could use your help! Do you have friends or family members who would like to support me? Would you host a gathering of people that I would attend, and explain to them my vision of principled, proactive, leadership?

Every membership sold is one closer to our goal. And of course, it will be vitally important for supporters to get out and vote on the day it is held.

We will keep you informed through this website and on Facebook at; 

as to the details of when the nomination race opens and when and where the vote will be held. In the meantime, we will continue to sell memberships and build a solid base of supporters.

Thank you to all who have bought memberships already. I truly appreciate your support. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact my Campaign Manager Lorne Murfitt via email at, or phoning him at 403-819-4170 and we will get back to you immediately.

Rick Strankman, UCP Nominee for Drumheller Stettler

Let’s keep the momentum going!

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