R.J. Sigurdson has upset incumbent MLA Wayne Anderson, winning the UCP nomination in the Highwood Riding.

Sigurdson, the former president of the Highwood PC Riding Association says he'll be accountable by being an empathetic listener to all voices, which will give him the perspective and ability to build trust and cooperate with Highwood Constituents, and all Albertans.

UCP leader Jason Kenney welcomed Sigurdson, while at the same time thanking Anderson for his service.

Anderson will remain as the MLA for Highwood until the provincial election is called in the Spring.

Here's Kenney's statement about the vote:

“I would like to congratulate RJ Sigurdson on his hard-fought nomination win tonight in Highwood.

“RJ and his family have deep roots in the community, having chosen, alongside his wife, to raise their three children in the Highwood region. RJ started his career in the energy industry before moving into project management, where he’s spent the last 15 years. This experience will serve us well as we work to renew the Alberta Advantage and get our province back on track. I'm pleased to welcome RJ to the United Conservative team.

“I would like to thank Wayne Anderson for his contributions to our caucus, and the conservative movement, during his time in office. I am looking forward to working with Wayne in the Legislature in the coming months to hold the NDP to account on the Advanced Education file. I know I join all Albertans in thanking Wayne for his service to our province.”

“I would also like to thank Carrie Fischer, Dean Leask, and their teams for their participation in the democratic process and dedication to our movement.”

 

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