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Drover looking ahead to election day

MLA hopeful Stephen Drover had a busy day organizing his campaign office before setting off to hand out campaign signs. Drover is running for the NDP in the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo riding in the upcoming election. Photo supplied by Stephen Drover/Twitter.

With his campaign office on Franklin Ave. across from Father Turcotte School in order, Stephen Drover is ready to go.

The school board trustee and 15-year oilsands worker is running for the NDP in the upcoming election.

Vying for the Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo seat, Drover is in high spirits.

“Today we’re going to be building our signs, getting them out, and continuing to meet people.”

Since announcing his candidacy with the NDP, Drover met with many residents and voters, getting their thoughts about what most concerns them.

“Number one is the economy. We have a leader with a long term picture [and] long term vision, right from curtailment; it wasn’t that long ago we were selling our Western Canadian Select at around $10 a barrel, and now it’s back up to over $40 a barrel, and that’s Rachel Notley.”

Social media

Distrust and divisive comments enter a lot of discussion about Rachel Notley on various social media outlets.

Drover addressed those concerns when comparing her with United Conservative leader, Jason Kenney, whose views he says are backwards.

“People just need to take a little time, figure out what’s important for them, and then look at the two leaders. When I look at Rachel Notley, I see a leader, someone who wants to do more refining, more upgrading, and [bring] more value-added jobs here in Alberta.”

Accompanying Drover during the run-up to the election is councillor Jane Stroud.

Stroud will also represent the NDP in the riding of Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche.

Drover couldn’t say enough about the opportunity to work with Stroud.

“As much as possible, we’d like to work together. She’s a great lady, she has a lot of wisdom, I can learn a lot from her. I’m just so proud to be her partner in this race.”

Stroud took an unpaid leave of absence from RMWB Council duties, so she could focus on her campaign.

Drover is eager to get moving forward toward Election Day, April 16th.

“I look at it as driving. I look in my rear view mirror to get out of my driveway, but 95 per cent of my driving is looking ahead. Jason Kenney just wants to look at that 5 per cent and go back. Rachel Notley is focused on the future, and the future is bright and it’s bright for Fort McMurray.”

You can meet all the local candidates at a special ‘Meet and Greet’ at Avenue Coffee on Sunday, March 24, from 1-3pm.