By Treena Mielke
In a race that was almost too close for comfort, Rimbey town councillor Joe Anglin has won the nomination to be the Wildrose party candidate in the new Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Constituency.
Anglin said he received 290 ballots, just two more than Ed Wicks from Sundre.
William McBeath, spokesperson for Wildrose said around 670 ballots were received and the count took place Aug. 12. Sheila Mizera from Rocky Mountain House also ran as a candidate for the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Constituency.
McBeath said it was not the party’s policy to divulge information regarding the vote count.
Anglin said he is pleased to be nominated, noting the Wildrose party shows a commitment to his own value of standing up for the hard working people of Alberta. “Landowner rights, property rights, this is huge for me.”
Anglin gained wide public attention in Alberta after he exposed the Energy and Utilities Board for spying on people who opposed power lines being put through their land. He has also influenced amendments to legislature such as the Alberta utilities Commissions Act, the Land Assembly Project Area Act and the Land Stewardship Act.
“My goal is to continue to force more changes,” he said.
As well as being a town councilor, Anglin is chair of Rimoka Housing Foundation, the management board for seniors’ housing in Rimbey, Ponoka and Ponoka County.
He is married to Rev. Debra Laing and the council has two teenagers, Thomas and Aylish.