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Should I run for MLA in my riding?

I’ve been following politics for a while now and I’ve noticed on common thing our politicians like to talk about; and it’s “their agenda”.

I sometimes wonder if they realize that they are suppose to be working and representing us. My frustrations have led me think that maybe I should run in my riding as an independent, and see if someone who isn’t a politician can get elected. I have worked in industry and the oil patch (Oilsands included) for many years; so I think I have a good idea in speaking to my fellow working class Albertan, what is important to them.

I immigrated here as a child from Eastern Europe and grew up fairly poor (no silver spoon in mouth, and no paid by mommy and daddy education). I’m just a simple working class guy with kids who likes to get his hands dirty, but has had the fortune of working in Alberta and being able to make something of himself.

I’ve spent the last few years in more senior roles in the oil and gas sector, and have a some management experience to understand what makes businesses here tick. I want to take the politicians out of politics and represent the people of this province rather than the politicians personal interests. just want to get people’s thoughts.

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  1. Ruth Chalk Ruth Chalk says:

    It’s up to you. Just make sure you have a good platform and it’s easy to find. I hate it when I can’t find a platform for someone in my riding. Like I clearly won’t vote for them because I can’t find any information on them

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  2. If the NDP can be in government, anyone can be. Give it a shot.

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  3. Just don’t be like #45 who thought he could be the president and do a better job because he was not a politician. Look at what he doing to the states.

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  4. Just make sure you get out there, knocking on doors. Hand out pamphlets, advertise in the area. I voted between the people I got info from at my house. There were a lot of people on the ballot who I had never heard of. You’re job is to get your name out there!

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  5. Go for it. Make your voice heard and your ridings voice to

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  6. I don’t think you will be able to “take the politics out of politics”. However, you can try to make a change for the better. That has to start somewhere. So go for it.

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  7. Talk to the people in your area. Door knocking is the best way to KNOW the issues in your area. If you have apartment buildings, do your best to get to those people too. Often apartments are completely overlooked. Guess what? Some of those buildings are condos – they are people who have bought in that area and have a huge interest in the happenings there. Even if they are renting, I know people who have been in their rented apartment for 15+ years. They know and love the neighbourhood!
    Also, you need to know that changes are not as easy to make as a lot of people think they are.
    Finally, politics is dirty business. Make sure there is NOTHING that could be construed as controversial on any of your Social Media pages. It WILL bite you in the butt. Those pictures of you giving the finger to the camera? Get rid of them. The drunken party with friends? Nix. If you are female (and I REALLY hate to say this, as I am all about equality, but this IS politics) take down any bikini pictures you may have.
    Good luck to you if you do decide to run!

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  8. It is expensive and almost impossible to win as an independent MLA.

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  9. Kathleen Rae Kathleen Rae says:

    There used to be a $1,000 deposit but I think that is waived. To do a successful/winning campaign costs about 50K.

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  10. Tammy Calvin Tammy Calvin says:

    Independents rarely win

    If you decide to run, start getting your name out there, volunteer, get on boards, tackle community projects.

    To get anything done you need support of a party. If you are serious, choose a party and get to know the current MLAs.

    Being an MLA requires 24 hr, 7 days a wk on the job. When you grocery shop or go out for supper be prepared to be interrupted by people.

    Be prepared to be away from family a lot.

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  11. Awesome post, best in a long time. Go for it. I agree 100% that it’s time to take the career liars out of politics and put normal people in there. Knock on doors, get some local businesses to back you and get those votes. Promote non stop on facebook, Twitter, etc. Best of luck!

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  12. Politics aren’t as easy as they look.
    Just fair warning.
    Go for it, though. Never too many clowns at the rodeo.

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  13. Tom Kinakin Tom Kinakin says:

    I was gonna vote “Anonymous” last election.

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