At the time of writing this blog, I have sat down with over 65 (now 300) constituents from Red Deer North for one-on-one meetings. Usually, the first question asked in these meetings is: What experience do you have?
It’s a great question, one that I expected would come when I decided to run for MLA.
Before I ever put my name forward for MLA I spent nearly a decade making sure that I knew how government works both theoretically and realistically. I wanted to know how a party operates, how successful campaigns are structured, and what separates the good elected officials from bad elected officials.
Over the years I have striven to hold as many positions in the government and within the conservative movement to ensure that I would have the experience needed to be the best MLA for Red Deer North.
To answer that question, here is a condensed version of my political experience.
- Door knocker
- Phone Banker
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Director at Large on a Constituency Association
- President of a Constituency Association
- Executive Assistant for MP Blaine Calkins in Ottawa
- Central and Northern Support Director for the Wildrose in the 2015 general election
- Unity Promoter working on the Unity Campaign for the Wildrose side
- Legislative Assistant for various MLAs such as Ron Orr, Derek Fildebrandt, Grant Hunter, and Prasad Panda over almost three years
- I focused on policy research and stakeholder outreach for the Wildrose and UCP on the Finance, Labour, Economic Development, and Culture & Tourism files
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Alberta
Before I ran, I wanted to make sure that I knew how government and politics works so that I could be a better representative for you.
Now, I will let YOU decide if I have what it takes to be your MLA for Red Deer North.
Next week I will answer the question that always follows this one: Why did you want to run for MLA?