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Jennifer Johnson wins Lacombe-Ponoka UCP nomination

Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr previously announced he was not running again

Bentley-area farmer and former nurse Jennifer Johnson has won the UCP nomination for Lcombe-Ponoka riding.

The seat is currently held by UCP MLA Ron Orr, who announced earlier that he did not intend to run again.

Johnson defeated flight paramedic Dusty Myshrall and Lacombe city Coun. Chris Ross in the nomination contest, which closed on Friday.

On her webpage Johnson thanked her family, other supporters and her opponents for their years of public service.

“I value your insight as we move forward to repair the crippled health care system and defeat the NDP in May,” she says.

“The general election is about 100 days away and it’s time to unite and move forward to defeat the NDP. We must continue to work together and work hard in these coming months to ensure a government that is for the people and to put Alberta first,” says Johnson.

“We are fortunate to live in a riding where we have many conservatives. Our team is ready to work hard here and also in other parts of the province. Our goal needs to be to defeat the Trudeau-NDP coalition.

“We are commited to work in other areas of this province to support my future colleagues in securing a massive United Conservative win in to keep Alberta strong and free. Anyone who would like to help volunteer with us in this endeavor, please send us an email or a call.”

Johnson has previously served on the UCP board of directors and the Bentley and District Agricultural Society.