Luke Inberg, the former constituency assistant to Rona Ambrose, is vying for the federal seat his former boss left vacant in July.
Inberg is the fourth candidate to enter the Conservative nomination race in Sturgeon River-Parkland.
“I’ve lived and worked here for almost the last 20 years. I’ve been here and I’ve been in the community,” Inberg said.
Inberg volunteered for Ambrose’s re-election campaign in 2015 and started working for her office in December 2015.
Before jumping in to politics, Inberg spent nine-and-a-half years working for The Father’s House Christian Fellowship in Morinville. During his time there, Inberg worked as an administrator, youth pastor, associate pastor, and executive pastor.
Inberg said that as a pastor he became connected with the public and was focused on community building in Morinville. After almost 10 years at the church, Inberg made the jump into politics to follow a long-time dream.
“That had been something that I had been interested in for a decade,” Inberg said.
The current Spruce Grove resident said that his platform will give a special focus to seniors. He said that seniors regularly came in to the constituency office and many of them were struggling financially.
Inberg said he would like to see more policies made with the aging population in mind.
Inberg also noted that he is opposed to abortion.
“I think that is something that people should know about me. That is a personal conviction,” Inberg said.
Inberg, who grew up in Ontario, said he wants to continue to bring the conservative values of small government, balanced budgets and support for small businesses to the residents of the federal riding.
Inberg has taken a leave of absence as a constituency assistant from the Sturgeon River-Parkland office while he runs for the nomination.
The Sturgeon River-Parkland riding was created in 2011 by combining Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Westlock-St. Paul and Yellowhead. Each of the ridings have been Conservative strongholds with members being elected from the Conservative, Canadian Alliance, Reform and Progressive Conservative parties dating back to 1979.
There has been no date set for the by-election, but one must be announced by the end of 2017. Jamie Mozeson, Rick Peterson and Dane Lloyd are also seeking the Conservative nomination.