Colleen Young, the chair of the board of education with Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD), will be the flag bearer in the upcoming byelection for the Saskatchewan Party.
In a three-way race, Young came out on top over her two rivals, James Thorsteinson and Francis Kreiser.
Young said that now that she has won the nomination, she will be hitting the ground running and getting out to meet the residents of the Lloydminster riding.
“I think that it’s important to get out there and immediately start door- knocking and getting people excited about getting out and voting (in the upcoming byelection),” she said.
As to what she expects to hear across the constituency when door knocking over the month-long campaign, she said she expects to hear different things in each community.
“I’m sure that there will be (education, health) concerns across the riding, but a lot more (will be) raised now that they know they have a Saskatchewan Party candidate,” Young said.
Premier Brad Wall said that no matter what the outcome was on Saturday, it was good for the party and the people of Lloydminster.
“This was a no-lose proposition for the party (Saturday), all three candidates would have offered good representation for the people of the (Saskatchewan Party) and the people of the (Lloydminster) constituency,”
“Colleen has worked really hard, she has built a formidable team, and she is well known in the community.”
Wall praised Young after the announcement that she had won the nomination.
“We are really happy to have her as our candidate for the Nov. 13 byelection,” he said.
Wall said that the best indication of whether someone would work hard in a general election or a byelection is dependent on how hard they would work in a nominating campaign.
“All of them worked hard, but Colleen had a great team behind her and she worked exceedingly hard, which bodes well for us,” he said.
Milt Wakefield, the first Saskatchewan Party MLA for the riding of Lloydminster from 1999-2007, said after the announcement that Young will make an excellent MLA in Regina.
“Colleen has made it a key point to speak on behalf of the people of Lloydminster,” he said. “She has the experience of working in the community on a many different levels.”
Wakefield said that Young doesn’t mind speaking out on issues that she believes needs to be heard.
“That is exactly what we need in Regina, and that is really important.”
Wakefield said that the people need to have confidence in the person who represents them.
Young has announced that she is taking a leave of absence from the LSPD until the end of the by-election campaign. The byelection has been set for Nov. 13