MLA Anglin will not run as a PC candidate on Feb. 21

MLA Joe Anglin has not yet decided if he will run as an Independent, but his name will not be on the ballot

MLA Joe Anglin has not yet decided if he will run as an Independent, but his name will not be on the ballot for the Progressive Conservatives.

PC Alberta has issued a press release stating Joe Anglin will not be allowed to run for the PC nomination in the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency.

The press release states the committee has determined that allowing Anglin to run for the nomination is not in the best interest of the PCAA.

Anglin, in his own press release, said he no longer wishes to run for the PCs.

“After some lengthy discussions with PC executives it is clear to me that I cannot put my name forth for the PC MLA nomination process,” he said.

Anglin said he respects the PC executive committee for being forthright, but it is obvious he cannot fit into the PC mold.

“I cannot and will not be a passive MLA that will raise his hand when told, and not ask questions.”

Anglin said he support the premier when he is correct, but reserves his right as an MLA and the rights of his constituents to speak out on their behalf.

“This is my vision of democracy and I cannot reconcile it with the current PC party’s understanding of democracy.

Terry Engen and Tammy Cote have been given the green light by PC Alberta to allow their names to stand as candidates.

Engen is a fifth generation Albertan and the former reeve of Lacombe County. He brings to the table a solid background in governance at a community and municipal level.

Cote is an active member of the Rocky Mountain House community and has 30 years’ experience at ATB Financial. It is important to Cote to that a rural Alberta has a strong united voice, which will be heard, at a provincial level.

Progressive conservative members will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice at polling stations which will be set up in Rimbey in the Kinsmen Room at the community centre, Bentley at Bentley Agencies, Eckville at the community centre, Rocky Mountain House at the Christian School, Caroline at the Hub and Sundre at the museum on Feb. 21.