Grande Prairie – Smoky MLA Todd Loewen is one of seven Wildrose members endorsing Brian Jean for leadership of the new United Conservative Party. Jean officially announced his candidacy Monday, joining Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer in the race.

Loewen stood by the Wildrose leader in Edmonton Wednesday morning as he laid out some of his campaign promises, which are largely in line with what his party has pushed in the past. They include holding referendums on both photo radar and equalization payments.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is expected to announce his UCP leadership candidacy this weekend. A leader will be chosen on October 28th.