Local conservatives have elected their new constituency association board and will ready for the nomination race for the Airdrie-Cochrane riding - likely not until this fall, according to newly-elected board president Russell Kossowan. With the electoral boundary split, the former constituency association for the former boundary of Banff-Cochrane has divided the region into the new ridings of Airdrie-Cochrane and Banff-Kananaskis - which will elect its new board next Tuesday - ahead of the 2019 provincial election. A crowd of more than 80 people packed a room at the Days Inn & Suites on the evening of June 5, electing 27 directors and three official board positions - Kossowan as president, Kim Davies as secretary and Owen Neal as chief financial officer. "We didn't expect this turnout, but it's a good problem to have," said Kossowan, who served as president on the former Banff-Cochrane constituency association board, explaining that under the new UCP process the next step is to put together an unbiased committee to vet nominees for the riding ahead of calling the race. The local constituency nomination committee will be comprised of one appointee from the party, three board members and two UCP members who are not board members. Kossowan suspects this will form up in the coming weeks. "We have five great nominees and our intention is to make it fair and equal for everyone." All nominees will be vetted by the party first and the local constituency nomination committee. To learn more reach out to the local UCP through their Facebook page or email email@example.com.