December 12th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 51
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Roger Reid wins in Livingstone-Macleod riding
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Roger Reid wins UPC riding for Livingstone-Macleod.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Roger Reid, the fifth-generation farm kid from Claresholm, has won the United Conservative Party (UCP) nomination in Livingstone-Macleod.

“I feel great,” he says. “It was good to have such a significant number of people from Livingstone-Macleod say that they want me to be their representative. That has been really reaffirming to me after seven months of connecting with the riding. I feel excited and I feel really hopeful about the prospects for the province coming at the next provincial election.”

Reid, who owns and operates the Tim Hortons in Claresholm and Nanton, credits his homegrown Livingstone-Macleod roots as being a determining factor that won him the election over the other candidates, Nathan Neudorf and Thomas Schneider.

“All three of us worked very hard. I have tremendous respect for Thomas and Nathan and for the hours and hours that they put into this campaign,” he says. “I think the fact that this is home really played into the desire for having local representation. For me, it’s not the only thing that set me apart, but it’s the only thing that I brought to the game that the others didn’t in terms of actually living and working and raising my family here. I don’t think you can discredit the intrinsic knowledge that comes from just being home.”
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Neudorf was born and raised on a small dairy farm in the Lower Mainland B.C. He moved to Alberta 25 years ago and currently lives in rural Lethbridge County. Schneider was born in St. Albert, Alberta, and raised in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He later lived in Kelowna and moved back to Alberta seven years ago. He currently lives in Okotoks.

With a keen eye to the upcoming provincial election, Reid sees his imminent future as a continuation of his campaigning, all about meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns to accurately represent them at the provincial level.

“I spent the last seven months really focused on being ready to represent Livingstone-Macleod in the general election this spring and there’s still lots to learn,” Reid says. “People still have lots of questions and concerns and my plan between now and Election Day is to continue to be on the road, meet with people, hear their hopes and concerns for our province and put those pieces together as far as the issues that we need to bring to Edmonton on behalf to Livingstone-Macleod.”

Elections were held on December 7 and 8. A total of 873 ballots were cast, of which 481 were cast for Reid, 225 for Neudorf and 167 for Schneider.
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“I’m incredibly grateful for how engaged people in Livingstone-Macleod are about the political process. That motivation is what’s going to get us back on track in the province because people are not sitting around waiting for the government to do things, but instead they want to be engaged with their government, they want to have a voice. In spite of the hard work that we have ahead of us, it’s great to know that we have the support of the grassroots behind us to make those changes. That makes me very hopeful for the future,” says Reid.

In a statement, United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney called Reid “a committed conservative and an accomplished entrepreneur.”

The statement went on to read, “A founding member of the UCP constituency association in Livingstone-Macleod, Roger has made impactful contributions to the conservative movement in this province. As the owner and operator of two Tim Hortons franchises in the constituency, Roger understands the challenges faced by small business owners in the province. He is a dedicated volunteer in the community and serves as the Chair of the Claresholm and District Health Foundation. Roger’s business acumen and intimate understanding of the issues most important to the people of Livingstone-Macleod will benefit the entire United Conservative team as we work to present Albertans with a common-sense alternative to the NDP. I am pleased to welcome Roger as the United Conservative candidate in Livingstone-Macleod.”
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