MATT CHAPIN

Chapin announces bid for Red Deer North Tory nomination

  • Feb. 11, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Another local resident has entered the race for the Conservative nomination for Red Deer North.

Matt Chapin has decided to put his name forward, explaining that he has been inspired by current MLA Mary Anne Jablonski’s work in the constituency over the years and that he wishes to continue that legacy.

“I was at the press conference when she announced that she wasn’t seeking re-election, and for me, a lot of things that she stands for, I also stand for,” he said. “I just felt like I wanted to keep her legacy going by doing what I feel strongly (about).”

He points to Jablonski’s efforts to keep the Michener Centre open as a particular highlight. “She was quite vocal against it (the closure).”

Chapin is no stranger to the local political scene, having run in several local elections over the years including City council in 2013 and the mayor’s chair in 2007.

In 2010 he ran for a seat on council as well as for the Red Deer Public School Board.

This time, he said he wants to show that he has something to offer the residents of Red Deer North in spite of his relatively young age – 28. “A lot of people look at me as a young guy who doesn’t have all of the life experience of others. In so many ways, I want to be one of the leaders of the next generation but I want to help out now.”

Chapin said he is also confident of Premier Jim Prentice’s leadership. “He wants to do what’s best for the province,” said Chapin.

Currently, he is working towards a bachelor of commerce and a bachelor of arts in religious literature by correspondence through Brigham Young University.

And as the momentum towards a provincial election continues to grow, Chapin said he’s looking forward to getting his name out there and connecting with residents.

He also wants to help encourage younger people to become more politically engaged.

“I’m willing to learn now and help a younger generation to want to actually vote – each election, overall voter turnout gets smaller,” he said. “A lot of younger people feel what does my vote really count for?”

editor@reddeerexpress.com

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