Olds councillor runs for PC nomination
Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 12:47 pm
Olds town councillor Wade Bearchell is running for the Progressive Conservative (PC) party nomination in the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding.
Bearchell made that announcement Thursday (Jan. 8).
The riding is currently held by former Wildrose party member Bruce Rowe, who crossed the floor last month with eight other Wildrose party members – including former leader Danielle Smith -- to join the governing PC party.
Mountain View Publishing employees were unable to reach Rowe for comment at the time this story was uploaded.
Bearchell says Rowe’s floor-crossing is not the primary reason he’s running, however he’s aware that many constituents who voted for the Wildrose party are angry with Rowe’s decision.
“I was going to run before that. Then when that happened, it basically solidified my intention to run,” he says. “My sense is that people are angry and upset and I know that the people of the constituency want somebody that they can believe in — that they trust.”
Bearchell says people have been suggesting he run for a provincial seat for five years or so. He says he began seriously thinking about it when he heard Premier Jim Prentice, the leader of the PCs, speak during the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conference in September.
“I was pretty disheartened with the past leadership of the PC party, but I found that Jim Prentice was somebody that I believed in and that got me considering the nomination for the PC party,” he says.
He then spoke to some PC supporters about whether he should run and got their backing.
Bearchell says he’s been a member of the Progressive Conservative party “off and on.”
“I voted in the last nomination (meeting),” he says.