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Candidates respond to election call

Masha Scheele

The writ has been dropped and Canadians are preparing to go to the polls on Oct. 21.

Six people are preparing their campaigns in the Yellowhead riding in the hopes of taking the spot as the next member of parliament.

Yellowhead County Mayor Gerald Soroka officially announced Sept. 17 that he has resigned from his position – one he has held since 2007 – in anticipation of his campaign for the Conservative Party of Canada. This means the county has 90 days to elect a new mayor from the day of his resignation and council will determine the by-election details at the next council meeting, which takes place Sept. 24.

Soroka was nominated as CPC’s candidate in Yellowhead on Oct. 13, 2018. He is a third-generation Yellowhead county resident, living north of Evansburg.

His focus as the next potential member of Parliament would be, “Making life more affordable for my constituents and championing their concerns in Ottawa.”

Most recently, the NDP posted on their website that their 2019 candidate for Yellowhead is Kristine Bowman. The Hinton Voice reached out to Bowman, but did not receive a response by press deadline.

A familiar name in the upcoming election is Libertarian Party of Canada candidate Cory Lystang, who ran in the 2014 federal by-election and also the 2015 general federal election. He also did not respond by press deadline to questions from The Voice.

The Liberal Party of Canada has endorsed Jeremy Hoefsloot as their candidate. Hoefsloot is a University of Alberta law student who grew up on a farm near Tomahawk.

Most recently he worked as a field organizer for the Liberal Party, and said in a phone call that he was asked by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team to be their candidate in the Yellowhead riding.

His focus as the next potential MP would be to ensure that the people of Yellowhead make it through tough times while oil prices are low and jobs are scarce, he stated.

Douglas Galavan of Drayton Valley is the People’s Party of Canada candidate. For the past 29 years, Galavan has owned an interior decor store with his wife and comes with a background in mechanical industrial engineering.

“What took me from a regular dad/grandpa to the political world was, my wife and I with a couple of other people started Rally Canada last year, and we were helping with truck rallies,” he said.

Another issue they fought with Rally Canada was the Bighorn park proposal, which he said would landlock local resources. If elected, his main focus is the economy as it overrides everything else.

“You can’t deal with true environmental issues without the economy, you cannot deal with that if you can’t eat. Everything would be economic driven,” he said.

He added that he would work to fortify the local industries against foreign influence, from agriculture to oil and gas.

The Green Party posted on their website that Angelena Satdeo is their Yellowhead candidate. The Hinton Voice did not receive a response from Satdeo, but her candidate’s bio states she currently lives in Edmonton and works as a part time teacher and also on a flight crew with Air Canada. 

She also owns a sustainable clothing and design company of 15 years and a plant based community home, yoga and meditation space in Edmonton. Satdeo believes the time is now to build an equitable, sustainable and prosperous economy, her bio states.

Candidates will be invited to the Hinton forum to be held on Sept. 30 at the Hinton Legion. Check out next week’s edition for more information on the forum.