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Red Deer hospital administrator seeks the UCP nomination for Red Deer South

Lyn Radford not running

Central Alberta’s chief of emergency medicine, Dr. Gary Davidson, has announced his nomination for the United Conservatives Party in Red Deer South.

Davidson said he was an early supporter of UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s unity movement and recognizes the challenges facing central Alberta’s largest centre.

“I would be honoured to earn the chance to represent the good people of Red Deer South on Jason’s team.”

Davidson feels his extensive work in the community, from being a health care leader to local soccer coach, has honed his sense of duty and public service.

Davidson has spent most his career working in emergency departments and serving in senior administrative roles at Red Deer Hospital. He said he’s looking forward to working with Kenney to renew the Alberta Advantage.

Davidson is seeking the nomination on a platform of scrapping the “job-killing” carbon tax, improving health care for all Albertans, and balancing the budget “while making sure front-line workers have the resources they need to deliver valuable public services to Albertans.”

He wants to “renew Alberta as the economic engine of Canada” and bring jobs back to central Alberta.

Putting rumours to rest, Lyn Radford, chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Committee, said she is not seeking candidacy in the constituency.

On Wednesday, Radford said she appreciates the community thinking she would be a worthy candidate.

“It takes a special person to put their name forward,” she said.

“My family is looking forward to getting me to themselves here right away.”

Nomination applications are being accepted for the riding until Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. So far, Norman Wiebe, Bruce Buruma, Adele Poratto and Jason Stephan have also announced they’ll seek the party’s nomination for Red Deer South.

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