Reich drops out of UCP nomination race

Rita Reich, a Ponoka County farmer, who put her name forward for the United Conservative Party (UCP) nomination for Lacombe-Ponoka dropped out of the race the day before the nomination contestant forum. She cited personal reasons for her withdrawal. Photo supplied

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The United Conservative Party (UCP) nomination forum for Lacombe-Ponoka was one candidate short.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ponoka County farmer Rita Reich formally announced she was withdrawing from the UCP nomination race.

In a release issued on her behalf, Reich’s decision was made in consultation with the United Conservative Party.

“In light of unforeseen circumstances, I have decided, for personal reasons, to withdraw my name as a contestant in the nomination race to be the UCP nominee in Lacombe-Ponoka. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly over the last few months to promote the values we all hold dear. This has been  a truly incredible experience,” Reich said.

While she is no longer part of the race, she says she will continue to fight for the values area residents have raised, and advocate for more to be done on rural crime, seniors care, and parental choice in education.

“There is so much work to be done to repair the damage that the NDP have already done to this province, and I encourage all of my supporters to focus on defeating the NDP in 2019,” she said.

“Though I am disappointed that I cannot continue this journey with you, I am proud of the work we have already accomplished. Through uniting the PCs and Wildrose last year, to electing Jason Kenney as our leader, I have stood shoulder to should with the constituents of this riding to bring back the Alberta advantage.

“I will continue to stand with you for the values we believe in and the Alberta we love.”

Party members and members of the media were asked to respect her privacy on the matter.