Son of Alberta MP to seek UCP nomination in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

The Alberta legislature on Dec. 26, 2017.
The Alberta legislature on Dec. 26, 2017. Sarah Kraus / Global News

The son of a central Alberta MP is entering the race for the United Conservative Party nomination in the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake constituency, hoping to replace Don MacIntyre.

Devin Dreeshen says he hopes to run for the party when a byelection is called to replace MacIntyre, who resigned earlier this month after he was arrested on sex charges.

READ MORE: Former Alberta MLA Don MacIntyre faces sexual assault, sexual interference charges 

Dreeshen is the son of Earl Dreeshen, the Tory member of Parliament for Red Deer Mountain View.

The younger Dreeshen, who farms near Pine Lake, says he wants to run because he has deep roots in the area and NDP government policies are hurting rural communities.

Penhold town councillor Mike Walsh has also announced his intention to run for the United Conservative nomination.

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Dates for the nomination meeting and the byelection have not yet been announced.