On Oct. 20 the The United Conservative Party (UCP) will elect its first representative seeking to become the next Airdrie-Cochrane constituency MLA. “I believe we are going to elect the next MLA (in Cochrane),” said constituency association president Russell Kossowan, adding that the those who wish to vote in this race must purchase their UCP membership by Sept. 28, which cost $10/year. No other parties have announced candidates as of yet. Voting will take place in Cochrane at the RancheHouse on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Airdronians will cast their ballots Thursday, Oct. 18 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Golden Rod Community Hall located at the corner of highways 567 and 772. Constituency members with valid UCP memberships are free to vote at either location. As of Sept. 19, there are four candidates who have filed their applications – Cochrane town councillor Morgan Nagel, businessman Peter Guthrie and registered nurse Laura Talsma. Airdrie realtor Mauri Stiff is also in the running and is expected to be joined by fellow Airdronian – businessman Ian Chitwood, who declared months ago he was running, but has yet to file his application. Those looking to learn more about their candidates can attend the two political forums next month. A forum will be held in Cochrane at the Lions Event Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 2. beginning at 6:30 p.m. until around 9 p.m. Airdrie will host its forum at the Town and Country Centre on Thursday, Oct. 4. during the same time slot. Today (Sept. 20), is the last day to pick up an application package for those seeking to contest the nomination. These must be filed one week later – complete with the 50 party member signatures from the riding and cheques for application fees. As of Aug. 30 Kossowan said there were 2,947 eligible voters in the riding. The provincial election for 2019 is anticipated to take place next spring. Learn more at elections.ab.ca.