A member of Alberta’s United Conservative caucus says he isn’t planning to run in the next provincial election, explaining that open-heart surgery in the past year has left him frequently exhausted.
Wes Taylor, who represents Battle River-Wainwright, says in a Facebook post that he will continue to serve his constituents until an election is called next year.
Taylor says in his post that if his health returns, he might consider running again if nominations haven’t been completed.
UCP Leader Jason Kenney issued a news release late Monday thanking Taylor for his contributions to Alberta, as well as to the movement that merged the Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose parties into the UCP.
Taylor, who has been a realtor and a teacher, was elected as a member of Wildrose in 2015.
He notes that Battle River-Wainwright will cease to exist when the next election is called, and that it will be divided into the ridings of Vermilion-Wainwright, Camrose and Drumheller-Stettler.
‘Hope is now on the horizon’
“While I certainly wish I could run again for the next election, it would be unfair of me to have this hinge on the hope that I will get better,” Taylor wrote in his post.
“So, with a heavy heart, no pun intended, I plan on stepping aside from running in the next election as a result of these health concerns.”
Taylor also said he takes comfort in the recent election of Kenney as party leader, and that “hope is now on the horizon” with the unification of the two conservative parties.
“I am proud to have served as your representative, and to have played an integral role in the reunification of our conservative family,” Taylor wrote.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.