Another hopeful has stepped into the race to replace MP for Battle River -Crowfoot Kevin Sorenson, who has announced he will be retiring from politics.
Jeff Watson, who served as an MP under Stephen Harper, is stepping forward to run for the federal Conservative nomination in Battle River-Crowfoot. Rural crime and the oil and gas sector are his top priorities.
“Rural communities face real, immediate challenges,” says Watson, who has made Alberta his home after serving as MP for the rural, farming district of Essex in Southwestern Ontario for over a decade. “These challenges require practical solutions, and both leadership and experience getting results in the one place where the nominated Conservative candidate may be sent by voters – the House of Commons in Ottawa.”
He adds his previous experience will help him as an MP.
“While others may have to take years to learn the ropes and build relationships in Caucus and Cabinet to move ideas forward,” said Watson, who also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transportation in the Harper Government.
Watson, his wife of 22 years, Sarah, and their six kids currently reside in Calgary, where Jeff works with UCP Transportation Minister Ric McIver, and Sarah works for Calgary Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.
Watson has already been knocking on doors in communities across Battle River-Crowfoot, listening to residents’ concerns, proposing concrete solutions to pressing problems identified, and recruiting new members to the Conservative Party to support its nomination process.
“It’s important people buy a Conservative Party membership now to choose who will be on the fall election ballot and possibly the next MP for Battle River-Crowfoot.”
Jeff will be holding a series of open to the public meetings in June so those who may not have been home when he knocked on their door will have a chance to provide advice, offer ideas, and ask questions of Watson.