Orr wins UCP nomination for Lacombe-Ponoka

Incumbent UCP MLA Ron Orr will continue to the the party’s representative heading into the next provincial election, with membership selecting him as the nominee with 69 per cent of the vote Friday. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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Ron Orr is officially the nominee for the United Conservative Party (UCP) for the riding of Lacombe-Ponoka.

Orr was selected by UCP members with 69 per cent of the vote Friday after two days of voting, defeating Lacombe City  Councillor Thalia Hibbs for the nomination.

UCP Leader Jason Kenney congratulated Orr in a statement released Friday evening.

“First elected in 2015, Ron has served his constituents with skill and integrity. As the United Conservative Caucus’ Culture and Tourism Critic, Ron has been an effective advocate for Alberta as a premiere tourist destination and successfully held this government to account on both the culture and tourism files. I am pleased to know that Ron will continue to be a part of our United Conservative team,” he said.

“I would also like to thank Thalia Hibbs and her team for their participation in the democratic process and dedication to our movement.”

The Lacombe Globe did reach out to Ron Orr for comment, however, was not able to reach him prior to the time of press.

Orr was first elected in 2015 as a member of the Wildrose Party with 6,502 votes (35.71 per cent), defeating NDP candidate Doug Hart (5,481 votes – 30.10 per cent), Progressive Conservative Peter DeWit (5,020 – 27.57 per cent), and Alberta Party’s Tony Jeglum (1,205 votes – 6.62 per cent). He has worked as a pastor and carpenter in addition to his political career.

As previously written in the Lacombe Globe’s Sept. 20 issue, Rita Reich of Ponoka County had also been part of the race, but withdrew Sept. 12 citing personal reasons as a result of consultation with the UCP.

At the time of press, no other nomination contests were under way for other parties in the riding. No contestants have put their name forward for any of the parties, including the Alberta Party, Alberta Liberal Party, Alberta NDP, Green Party or Reform Party.

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