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Long-time Sask. Party supporter Al Jurgens is seen outside of the SIAST Woodland Campus in this photo he sent to media to advertise his bid for the partyâs Prince Albert Carlton constituency.
A long-time Sask. Party supporter, Al Jurgens is seeking nomination in the Prince Albert Carlton constituency.
The name Jurgens is already well known in the local political scene, with Alâs wife, Victoria, serving as the Sask. Partyâs MLA in Prince Albert Northcote.
Jurgens served as his wifeâs campaign manager -- one of his latest contributions to the Sask. Party over the past dozen years.
Fancying himself a right-leaning individual, Jurgens said that he was attracted to the Sask. Party, in part, due to its ability to throw social consciousness into the mix.
âEverything that I believe in, and the reason that I stayed in Saskatchewan, is what came to be after the Sask. Party came in,â he summarized. âI just like whatâs happening in Saskatchewan -- as most people do.â
The Sask. Party has successfully used the improving economy as a base for all the social programs and other services people need to find success, Jurgens said.
âI like what theyâre doing, and I believe in the direction that theyâre taking the province, and I think weâre just in a very good place right now.â
However, Jurgens said that things need to improve, sparking his nomination bid for the Prince Albert Carlton constituency, which present MLA Darryl Hickie is not seeking re-nomination for.
Central to his campaign is post-secondary education -- a point heâs made by distributing a photo to media of himself under a SIAST Woodland Campus banner.
Although Jurgens has a personal attachment to SAIST, having furthered his education at the campus as a mature student at the age of 40, he notes there are other post-secondary institutions in the area that require expansion along with the provinceâs growing need for trained employees.
âIf there are no people available to fill those positions, it doesnât matter how the economy is, the businesses canât grow,â he explained.
Although recent government expansions have taken place, such as to SIASTâs electricians department, more needs to be done, he said.
Everything that I believe in, and the reason that I stayed in Saskatchewan, is what came to be after the Sask. Party came in. Al Jurgens
Another hot-button item in Prince Albert of late has been the need for a new Victoria Hospital â a âdefinite needâ for the entire region, which Jurgens said heâll be requesting the provincial government fund 100 per cent of.
âI was on the health board, so I to got see first-hand where the deficiencies are, and why theyâre there,â he said.
âWeâre a regional hospital âŠ Our hospital serves more people from a larger area, now, than it ever has, and thatâs not going to lessen in the future.â
Jurgens is also keen on the second bridge issue thatâs been running at full tilt since 2011.
âI think the P3 âŠ is the way to go,â he said, singling out the public-private-partnership funding model that the Sask. Party has been touting of late.
âThat bridge becomes more integral in the whole structure of the economy growing, so I believe the city should look at that. Itâs an opportunity that I donât think they can pass by.â
Local businessman Joe Hargrave is also seeking nomination in the Sask. Partyâs Prince Albert Carlton constituency, centering his bid on economic development.
Cheryl Ring has centred her Prince Albert Carlton constituency bid on youth, drawing from her experience as a mentor at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School.
Ring was a city councillor for one three-year term beginning in 2009. She narrowly lost her Ward 5 seat to newcomer Tim Scharkowski in October, 2012.