The votes are in!
The new Progressive Conservative candidate for Borderland constituency is Josh Guenter.
About 860 ballots were cast by PC Party of Manitoba members during tonight’s nomination meeting at the Altona arena, which included speeches by all four candidates, including Guenter, Liz Hildebrand, Verna Heinrichs and Jordan Siemens.
The night also included words of encouragement by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.
Guenter says he was very surprised when his name was announced. “Deep down I was ready to accept any result. Obviously you work hard and you look forward to a favourable outcome. I’ve never been through a moment like this. It’s very exciting.”
He was the final candidate to come forward for the nomination. He says the rising cost of living was one of many issues that constituents expressed concern about during his campaign. “This is such a special place to live, and I think people want to keep it that way. That means bringing things back to balance, lower our taxes, improve education and health care. Those are things we heard from all of the candidates tonight.”
Family values were at the core of his campaign. “I think family is at the center of community life in this riding. It’s families that power our businesses, it’s families that run our farms. I hear loud and clear from people that families are what matters.”
Guenter is optimistic about the upcoming election. “I know we have a positive vision for the future, for Manitoba. That means a spirit of inclusion and respect for everyone. We’re a very deep team in terms of talent and ability and experience, and we’ve got the right platform. We’ve got the right mix for Manitobans.”
“I’m proud of our supporters, proud of our PC team, and looking forward to winning this riding. There’s a lot of work we have to do, but I am confident that myself and the PC team have the values that I think a lot of people feel are important. We have an important platform, and we’re delivering on the things we promised.”
The votes are in!