By Carlie Connolly
The former Cypress County Reeve, Bob Olson is seeking nomination for the Progressive Conservative Party in Alberta in the Cypress-Medicine Hat riding.
He said that leaving Cypress County was one of the toughest days he has ever had, saying that he enjoyed his work a lot, serving as Reeve for one year and a councilor for four and wishes to carry that on at a bigger capacity.
“I enjoyed the people, talking with them, talking about their issues, working with them, visiting with them, I absolutely enjoyed the people,” he said of his work at Cypress County.
The longtime resident from Jenner also added that he supports Jim Prentice and thinks he has a good mandate of where we as a province are going.
“We’ve got a lot of challenges with the oil price being down and all of the negatives that have been in the province with politicians and I think he’s working hard at getting that back on track.”
The local nomination will be decided by party members in the riding on Mar. 28, and so far, it’s a two-candidate race with Olson and Danny Fieldberg running.
What he can bring to the table:
Olson and his wife have been longtime residents of Jenner, having ranched and owned an oilfield and water hauling business in which Olson said was successful. It’s with having his own business and knowledge on the farming and ranching community that Olson said he can bring to the table.
“I like listening to what people have to say and making that work to get a common solution that’s better for everybody.”
The riding includes Cypress County, Redcliff, the County of Forty Mile and southern communities within Medicine Hat.
Olson encourages residents to give him a call at 403 529 7688 to chat with him or ask him any questions they may have.
“Should I be successful in this endeavour, I would really, really be looking forward to working with the people again and getting back to the job that I enjoyed only in a larger capacity.”