Macleod byelection looming

By: Paul Rockley

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 12:13 pm

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Well, on Saturday evening we learned that John Barlow will represent the Conservative Party at the spring byelection to replace our former MP Ted Menzies. About 1500 ballots were cast over a three day period throughout the riding. All four candidates were present in Okotoks on Saturday and about 100 well wishers were also present to hear the results.

It seemed to take forever to get a winner announced and we later learned that the vote counters had to go to a third ballot before Mr. Barlow finally came out ahead with a lead of less than 50 votes. This information is not official as all the ballots were destroyed and this info was only gleamed from conversations overheard in the room.

A tough night for three out of four of the candidates but donít forget John has already lived through one of those nightmares when Wildrose leader Danielle Smith took home the Provincial riding a couple years back.

Having worked side by side with John for several years I know we got a great candidate and a person who will always put his constituents first.

Pretty good chance the Wheel has lost a great editor and the future publisher, but we will survive and I am pleased to see John move forward with a dream of his to hopefully serve the constituents of Macleod (soon to be called the Foothills riding).

As far as a replacement for yours truly that announcement will come in time but I do plan on extending my career until June 2015, God willing.

Not only will you be dancing in the street when I finally leave, you will also be dancing in the street at the announcement of the new publisher. It will be someone who understands the importance of local community news and has a strong grasp of our community.

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Annual leadership awards are just around the corner. The Town of Okotoks along with Okotoks Rotary and the Western Wheel have announced that they are looking for students who demonstrate leadership through volunteering. Application forms are available at the Rec Centre and the Western Wheel as well as The Town office and online through the towns website. There are categories for elementary, junior high and high school. Along with the student awards we are also looking for an individual or group to be nominated for The Heart of Okotoks award. This is open to all ages and we are looking for someone who has made outstanding contributions to the Okotoks community through their efforts as a volunteer. Last year the volunteer drivers who take patients to their treatments in Calgary were the recipients of this award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 24th. Please help by nominating in one of the categories.


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