Shannon Stubbs has claimed victory over her closest challenger for the Lakeland riding Conservative nomination.
Stubbs said that it has been a whirlwind of a nomination process, that started just before her marriage in August, and isn’t taking anything for granted moving toward the general election.
“I want people of Lakeland to know that I think of this as the first step towards the general election. I will continue to work hard to win their trust and will work hard to fight hard on their behalf,” said Stubbs. “I really do believe that Lakeland is one of the most important regions of the entire country, and that has been my guiding motivation for announcing my candidacy and the lead up to the general election.”
Currently, there are three ridings that will be broken apart and will form the riding of Lakeland. Each riding is represented by a Conservative in the House of Commons.
Those ridings include, St.Paul– Westlock, which is represented by Brian Storseth, who announced earlier this year he was not running for re-election; Fort McMurray– Athabasca, which is represented by David Yurdiga, and Vegreville- Wainwright, which is represented by Leon Benoit.
Stubbs said while the nomination happened, those three MLAs still represent the people in each of their ridings.
It’s not until after the next general election that Stubbs would represent the people of Lakeland, if she was successful in winning the general election.
“In the next federal election, the three ridings will be together in the one riding of Lakeland, but for my part, I will stay active in the riding, with the community leaders and residents I have made over the last four months.
“That was, I will be better prepared to fight on behalf of the people of Lakeland in the next general election,” Stubbs said in an interview with the Lloydminster Source.
Balancing such a large riding, from Athabasca in the north to Lloydminster in the south, Stubbs said that she will take the same approach that she had during the nomination period.
“Between the middle of August, and the voting days, I made 75 visits across the riding of Lakeland, it was a lot of hours,” she said.
Stubbs said that she didn’t do it alone though. “I had a lot of support and I will continue to use that support to be successful and keep the priorities of the people of Lakeland in order.”
While a federal election isn’t expected until 2015, Stubbs said that she will take it easy for a bit, before gearing up to go into full campaign mode, closer to the actual federal election, scheduled for October of next year.
“(Winning the nomination) was just the first step, and I don’t take anything for granted,” Stubbs said.
After her win on Thursday, Stubbs said that she had received calls from numerous people within the Conservative Party.
“I heard from my longtime friends, Minister Rona Ambrose, and Minister Michelle Rempel, who both extended their congratulations, and that meant a lot to me,” she said.
“All three men who represent areas of the riding of Lakeland also reached out and wished congratulations moving forward.”
The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.
Due to re-distribution of seats, there will be an increase of 30 seats in the House of Commons, which bring the total of elected MPs to 338, as of the next general election.