Everett McDonald hopes to keep his seat as MLA for Grande Prairie – Smoky.
The former County Reeve was elected in 2012, but has quickly moved up the ranks, being promoted to Associate Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development earlier this spring.
In that time, the PC Party member says he’s gained more knowledge about how to be an effective representative.
“As with anything, most of the work you learn is about relationships and building trust with your colleagues and with the people you work with so you can depend on them and they can depend on you to bring an honest voice forward for the community.”
Although an election has been called a year ahead of schedule, McDonald say he’s always ready to campaign.
“I think we’re always ready for an election. Every day we try to be campaigning; we try to be in our constituency and be out around our people. Although, we find it very difficult this time of year as we’re normally in the house away from our constituency doing legislative work.”
In the next three weeks for the May 5th election, McDonald says his campaign will focus on some of the achievements of the last few years, like the new hospital and the twinning of Highway 43.
McDonald says he’s looking forward to getting out and meeting with residents to hear their mandate for the province.