Mayor of Cold Lake, Craig Copeland, has announced that he has put his name forward to represent the United Conservative Party in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul Constituency.
Copeland released the following statement on Wednesday morning:
I am pleased to announce that I have put my name forward as a contestant for the United Conservative Party nomination in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul Constituency. Paperwork has been filed with Elections Alberta and the United Conservative Party, to enter as a nominee.
Our new provincial riding has been realigned and is a cross section of Urban, Rural, Metis and First Nation Treaty 6 communities that will require a proven voice in the legislature to represent our part of the Province.
The region has a diverse economy and culture, and the constituency will need a representative with the ability to acquire a better share of provincial capital dollars that can be directed towards Healthcare, Transportation, Seniors and Education.
My beginnings started within the Lakeland region in the community of St. Paul, then I moved to Cold Lake putting down roots, and am very PROUD to call the area home for greater than thirty-five years. I am happily married with two adult children and a stepdaughter.
After serious consideration, I chose to enter into municipal politics fourteen years ago. I wanted to make my community a better place to live and raise a family. As the Mayor for the City of Cold Lake the past eleven years, I was integral in helping shape its change with investment in core infrastructure, recreation, improved community services and attracted commercial and residential business.
Now I am putting forward my name as a contestant to bring that skill set to represent the entire constituency in the Provincial arena. Being accountable and responsive to its members, I will bring my experience to represent all of the constituency. Although this UCP candidate race – it is about your success.
Being a Strong supporter of Mr. Jason Kenney during the leadership for the United Conservative Party race early on, I agreed with his vision for the Province and his determination to bring the two political parties together. This aligned with values that mirrored my own. Together we can work across the constituency to get back the “Alberta Advantage” through sound policies and regulatory processes.