Sask By-Election: Lumsden-Morse

There are three provincial byelections set for Saskatchewan on August 10th.

Two of the contested ridings are in Regina; the third is Lumsden Morse, with all three being closely watched, with a full provincial election scheduled for the year.

For the first time since 1999, the Lumsden-Morse riding, formally Thunder Creek, will have a new MLA. Earlier this year, Lyle Stewart announced his resignation from the seat due to health issues.

Five candidates are looking to become the constituency’s new Member of the Legislature Assembly.

Blaine McLeod, Saskatchewan Party

McLeod is eager to begin campaigning under the leadership of Premier Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party.

“I’d like to thank Lyle Stewart for his 24 years of exceptional service to our constituency,” McLeod said. “As an MLA, I would continue that good work and ensure that Lumsden-Morse continues to have a strong voice at the table.

McLeod has been a dairy farmer in Caronport for 42 years, where he operates Caroncrest Farms Ltd. with his sons.

He currently serves as the Saskatchewan Director of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

On a local level, McLeod has been engaged with school boards, church groups and many other community groups.

McLeod and his wife Marlie have lived in the hamlet of Caron since 1975. They have three children and ten grandchildren.

Kaitlyn Stadnyk, New Democratic Party

“I am so thankful for the support of the members here in Lumsden-Morse,” said Stadnyk. “We need to work collaboratively with our small towns and communities to bring back local voices so that we can build a brighter future for everyone in Saskatchewan. The opportunity to build right here at home is high. What we need now is a government that is ready to deliver on the promise of Saskatchewan.”

Stadnyk grew up on the family farm near Lumsden.

She is a student completing a Bachelor of Human Justice at the University of Regina and is actively involved within her community, having worked with numerous non-profits including the John Howard Society.

Stadnyk comes from generations of homesteaders and farmers and has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities and people in rural Saskatchewan.

Jon Hromek, Saskatchewan United Party

Hromek is an executive who has worked extensively in Saskatchewan’s energy sector since graduating from the University of Regina in 2003 with a B.A.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering.

He has founded and managed numerous oil exploration and production companies and is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Adonai Resources II Corporation. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Headquartered Oil Producers.

Hromek lives in the Lumsden area with his wife, Jenn and four children. He is active in his local community, coaching youth football, and is an active contributor and previous church board member.

Les Guillemin, Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan

Guillemin has lived in Regina for 32 years and is employed with a prominent crane company in Queen City.

“I was raised on a mixed-family farm near Forget,’ he said. “After getting married to Patricia and living in Weyburn for a few years, we moved to Regina, where we raised four incredible children.”

“Having worked in various sectors of the workforce, I’ve had the experience of hearing the concerns of citizens, young and old, with the challenges that lie ahead in our province,” he continued. “This inspired me to be a voice for the great people of Saskatchewan.”

Guillemin said that Saskatchewan belongs to this province’s people, not to the bands of bureaucrats in Ottawa.

The final candidate running is Isaiah Hunter, Saskatchewan Green Party.

Voting will take place in each riding beginning on August 3, with voting running on August 4, 5, 6, and 8, and by election day on August 10. No voting is scheduled for August 7 and 9.

Editors note – 620 CKRM was unable to receive information from Isaiah Hunter by the time of publication.

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