Third candidate in the mix for PC nomination
Barrhead's Tim Schultz enters race to replace Ken Kowalski
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 06:00 am
There are now three declared candidates to replace Ken Kowalski as the Progressive Conservative representative in Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock after Barrhead’s Tim Schultz threw his hat in the ring last week.
Creating a healthy work environment is at the forefront of Schultz’s mind as he seeks to persuade PC supporters that his business and government experience makes him the best candidate to replace Kowalski, who announced his retirement Dec. 9.
A key motivation to run, he said, was learning the Case agriculture dealership in Barrhead was shutting its doors.
Such a development affected the fabric of a community and it also had a personal impact, given his family’s business history in the area.
“I have a problem seeing a business close down,” he said.
Schulz added politics is something that has always been in his blood. “I live and breathe politics,” he said. “I understand party policies and principles. I’ve been involved in everything from driving policies, sitting on meetings, giving advice and communications. I have government experience at a very high level.”
Coupled with his business experience, he believes it makes him a good PC candidate.
“I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” he said. “I am not afraid to engage and have a conversation with anyone. I have an open-door policy. If there is a difficult issue, I am prepared to figure out a creative and innovative way to deal with it.”
As nomination day draws closer, Schultz knows the competition will be tough. Westlock County deputy reeve Maureen Kubinec and Town of Westlock Coun. David Truckey have already entered the race — and Schultz said he believes he is still the best candidate.
“I have got an understanding about Barrhead and Westlock. I have traveled to gas plants and been in the backwoods. I have a good understanding of the make-up of the constituency,” he said. “I know what is out there — agriculture and business. I know how they interact and have an understanding about how government works. I feel I have the background to help.”