Jason Nixon has successfully gone through all the legal hoops and is ready to challenge MLA Joe Anglin as MLA for the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding.
As of last Thursday Nixon said he received word he was officially a candidate.
“Now we can move on to the final stage,” he said.
Nixon said the date of the vote has not yet been announced, but he expects to be in early July.
Nixon has taken a leave of absence from his position as constituency president of Wildrose to challenge the incumbent.
He said the support has been strong for his candidacy.
“There was overwhelming support in the signature phase,” he said. “The people in our riding made it very clear that they want to be able to have a decision as to who their candidate is.”
Nixon said he plans to chat with as many Party members as possible in the next few weeks.
Nixon has been active in the Party since 2009 and president of the constituency since the fall of last year. He stands behind Wildrose’s beliefs and values and wants the opportunity to serve as MLA to ensure these core values are practiced.
The MLA candidate lives with his wife and children about a half an hour from Sundre at Bearberry. He moved to the Sundre area several years ago from Calgary where he was employed by Mustard Seed, a street ministry for the homeless.
After leaving Calgary, he was employed as the executive director of Mountain Aire Lodge, an extension of the mustard Seed. The lodge housed former street people and recovering addicts.
The Wildrose party has announced nominations are now open in 19 constituencies. The Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding is the only constituency in which the MLA is being challenged.