Local man running in Brooks-Medicine Hat for Alberta Party

By Jessie Weisner
December 7, 2018 - 1:41pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB -- A Medicine Hat local has announced his candidacy for the Alberta Party.

Jim Black is running in the Brooks-Medicine Hat constituency, and considers himself a large part of the community.

Black began his political career in 2001, running for the Palliser health board, he decided to run for the Alberta Party in 2013 as well, but didn’t get elected.

He’s been active in the Medicine Hat community for more than 15 years, volunteering for charities and participating in seniors' clubs.

Black has also been a teacher for 38 years. He began his career in Calgary, and now teaches night school in Bow Island.

He says the Alberta Party appeals to him largely because of his experience as a teacher.

“The thing that attracted me to the Alberta Party is that they seem to be a party that doesn’t live on extremes,” says Black. “Like the good ideas can come from anywhere and that appeals to me not only how I ran my own school, but how I live my own life.”

But he also says the hard issues can’t be avoided.

“I don’t think it can be avoided, were going to have to talk about the debt, the deficit, pipelines may be an issue,“ says Black. “Although I think the present governments putting together a plan that might reduce some of the angst around the pipeline in the short term.”

The provincial election is expected to be sometime in spring 2019.

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