May 30, 2014 10:39 pm

Thomas Lukaszuk officially enters PC leadership race

Thomas Lukaszuk walks away after a press conference officially launching his campaign for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership, in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday May 22, 2014.

Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Edmonton legislature member Thomas Lukaszuk say he has completed all the necessary steps to officially enter the leadership race for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party.

Lukaszuk becomes the third candidate in the contest to replace former premier Alison Redford.

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He says he has collected the required 500 signatures from party members and paid the $50,000 non-refundable deposit.

Calgary legislature member Ric McIver and former Calgary MP Jim Prentice have also filed their papers and paid the fee.

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Nominations closed Friday afternoon and no one else has publicly declared themselves a candidate.

Party members are to vote for their new leader in September.

For extensive coverage on the leadership race, visit Global News’ Alberta PC Leadership Race website.

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