PC party members go to the polls – In FOCUS

| January 27, 2012
Former cabinet minister, MLA Mel Knight”s retirement launched a three candidate nomination contest to choose his successor, the new Progressive Conservative representative for the Grande Prairie-Smoky Constituency.

Tom Burton, Tab Pollock and Everett McDonald are running for that opportunity.

The PCs held a packed week of nomination meetings that will see Alberta’s 40 year governing party nearly fill its entire slate of 87 candidates.

Nomination Election Day, for the Fox Creek area,  is tomorrow, Jan. 28 from 10 am – 6 pm at the Senior’s Drop-In Centre, next to the curling rink.

You are eligible to vote if you are:

– A resident of Grande Prairie-Smoky constituency

– 16 years of age or older

– A Canadian citizen

–   A PC Alberta party member. Voters will need to present a valid PC Alberta Membership Card plus two pieces of ID (one with a photo).  2012 PC Alberta Memberships are available from Town Councillor, Brenda Burridge, Chamber of Commerce President, Rene Fournier and at the polls on voting day.

Other voting locations in the Grande Prairie-Smoky Constituency:

Grande Prairie – Grande Prairie Inn, 11633 100th Street

Sexsmith – Royal Canadian Legion

Valleyview – Valleyview and District Sunvalley Pioneer Centre, 5104 48 Avenue

Both Tom and Tab hosted ‘Meet and Greets’ in the community the past few weeks and Everett attended last Saturday’s hockey game to talk to residents.

Tom Burton

‘The Choice is Yours‘ is Tom’s campaign slogan.

“Asking questions is the key. I want to hear your concerns. If I am successful candidate, I will fight,” said Tom. “I believe that many issues the constituency face need to be addressed, such as health care, education, forestry, oil and gas, seniors and youth programs.”

Tom is a Director of District 4, a MD of Greenview Councillor, member of the DeBolt Fire department, a registered EMR and a director of the Grande Prairie Rural Crime Watch.

Tom lives in the DeBolt area. His former occupations include surveyor, owner/operator of a trucking company, owner/operator of a service station and restaurant, general manager for the local agricultural society and is currently a heavy equipment operator.

Tom and his wife Alisa have two grown children. He believes in giving 100%, with an honest heart.

Tab Pollock

Informed, Innovative and Engaged is Tab’s campaign slogan.

“It is the role of MLA to build relationships and connections with government, constituency and communities,” said Tab.

“It’s vital to understand issues. I’m here to listen to your voice. I want to hear from everyone, the more ideas we have at the table, the better the table,” said Tab.

Tab is a lifelong resident of Grande Prairie. He knows government first-hand, has a strong voice on the provincial and federal front, representing business in Alberta and region as an executive member of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce.

He’s a strong supporter of education and is a member of the GPRC Board of Governors.

Community service is Tab’s passion. Tab has been involved with organizations like Rotary, Ducks Unlimited, Scouts, Minor Hockey as a coach, and the Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie. He is an active member at the constituency level in the PC Association of Alberta.

He and his wife Lori have two adult children. He believes in new ideas and leading positive results.

Everett McDonald

Everett is a third generation farmer, farming in the same district of the County of Grande Prairie that his grandfather homesteaded in 1911.

Everett is a member of County Council, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Municipal Committee, Chairman of the Agricultural Service Board, Vice-Chairman of the Municipal Planning Commission, Deputy Reeve, and Reeve.

He has been on various committees including the Alberta Growth Summit, Provincial Mountain Pine Beetle Advisory Committee, Weyerhaeuser Advisory Committee, Canfor Advisory Committee, Aquatera Utilities Inc., and Sexsmith Seed Cleaning Co-operative.

He is married to Tina, and together they have two daughters and two sons.  They are also the proud grandparents of two grandsons.

“Your community has unique challenges, it is more important than ever to make sure your MLA is listening and acting on your behalf,” said Everett.

Your vote influences the future of our region.  Take the time and cast your vote!

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