Sturgeon County – Mayor Don Rigney is hoping to make the move from municipal to provincial politics. The 59-year-old, two-term mayor was the final nominee to file papers with the Wildrose Party Friday as a candidate for the Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater constituency.
Rigney is one of four nominees for Wildrose candidate. The winner of that race will be chosen by way of a mail-in membership vote to be held in late May. Should Rigney win the vote, he will oppose Jeff Johnson in a future provincial election.
In a press release issued late Monday night, Rigney said he was seeking the nomination because he believed the PC government had lost its way despite moving ahead with the Henday ring road extension and the Northwest CNRL upgrader.
“I give credit where it is due,” Rigney said in the release. “This government has done some things right. But I have often said in the past that this government is also making unacceptable and costly mistakes on property rights, power lines and the capital region plan. They refuse to correct these mistakes – in fact they are dictating, not governing; they are treating us like subjects instead of citizens. We need a new government, and I want to help the people of Alberta and Danielle Smith create it.”
Rigney will be attending a Wildrose event with smith in Westlock tomorrow night.