Peter Guthrie wins Airdrie-Cochrane UCP nomination

Peter Guthrie wins Airdrie-Cochrane UCP nomination

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United Conservative Party members living within the Airdrie-Cochrane riding have decided who they want representing their interests in next year’s provincial election: engineer, farmer and franchise-owner Peter Guthrie.

“I felt like we ran a good campaign. We always tried to take the high ground and keep an ethical stance,” he said.

“You never know in a nomination election as to what’s going to happen. Whatever the result was, I feel that my family and myself and the rest of the volunteers did a great job.”

Guthrie celebrated the win on the night of Oct. 20 (the second of two voting days) with friends, family and volunteers at Ducks on the Roof in Cochrane.

“I tried not to look too, too far ahead. It was a bit surreal last night, I always envisioned myself winning but I tried not to get too far ahead of myself,” he said.

“Win, lose or draw we were going to have that to celebrate our campaign volunteers, because they did a great job.”

Guthrie beat out Cochrane town councillor Morgan Nagel, registered nurse Laura Talsma and real estate specialist Mauri Stiff for the win an an election with a reported 60 per cent turnout.

“I knew it was going to be close and every candidate worked so hard right to the end, and it just made us have to work harder.”

While all four candidates shared similar policy preferences, Guthrie believes his resume set him apart.

“I think it boiled down to my background in engineering, agriculture and small business,” he said.

“My experience appealed to a lot of people and I hit a lot of areas that our constituency has concerns with as does the province.”

Guthrie said he will take a four-day relaxation break with his wife before getting down to business in preparation for next year’s election.

“We’ll be back at it next week. It’s time to start getting involved with the party and policy development,” he said.

“We’re going to have to raise money, I’m going to get togeth

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