Matichuk wins PC nomination – again

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Rus Matichuk won the Progressive Conservative nomination to be the party’s candidate in Spruce Grove-St. Albert for the second time this weekend.

On Saturday, Matichuk, 50, emerged victorious in the revote.

Kathleen Range and Neil Korotash also had been seeking the nomination.

Matichuk also won the nomination vote held on Feb. 21. But the vote had to be held again after it was discovered four ineligible ballots were cast.

The results had been narrow enough the four votes could have made a difference, so the PC Party decided to hold it over.

“It’s great to go with a bit of a stronger mandate into what will be coming next,” Matichuk said on Monday.

Matichuk said he’ll be taking a few days to speak with people as he prepares to bring together a team to support his candidacy.

Long-time Spruce Grove-St. Albert MLA Doug Horner resigned his post at the end of January, triggering the need for a byelection in the riding unless a general election is called in the next few months.

It’s widely expected that Premier Jim Prentice will be calling a spring election.

“Everyone seems quite optimistic about how we’ll be able to carry this into the upcoming election,” Matichuk said.

Matichuk is a St. Albert resident. He’s married with four children and lives in the Lacombe neighbourhood.

He’s president of Sumex Capital, a business financial advisory company.

So far, it looks like Matichuk will be squaring off against Alberta Party candidate Gary Hanna, a teacher and union local president, and Wildrose candidate Jaye Walter, a certified financial planner.

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