LETHBRIDGE - Lethbridge College Development Manager, Wife, and Mother, Angela Zuba has announced that she will seek the United Conservative Party nomination for Lethbridge-East.
She joins City of Lethbridge Project Manager Brian Litchfield and Business Owner Nathan Neudorf in seeking the nomination for that riding.
Zuba told supporters Tuesday, July 31, that she believes the community is looking for a new face and for a fresh, modern approach to political values.
"The issues that are facing us are not one note. It's not a matter of left or right. It's a blend of real economic prosperity with consideration for the social aspects of our lives."
While giving the crowd a sort of snapshot of her life, Zuba described getting her first job as a farm-hand and working in retail at the age of 14. She graduated from high school at age 18, and by then was working in retail management and had saved up enough money to buy her first home.
She met her husband at the age of 22 and is now a mother to a nine-year old boy as well.
She also previously worked as CEO of the Canadian Home Builders Association, Lethbridge Region and has spent time on several provincial boards and committees. Her extensive background as a volunteer, mother, wife, caregiver and career person she believes, sets her apart from her competitors.
"What differentiates me is the broad diversity that I bring to the race. I've been involved in so many different careers and so many different aspects of community and volunteering... I'm a mother, I'm a working professional and I'm a woman. And I just want to make sure that our city and our province is represented as diversely and inclusively as possible."
Zuba spoke of the carbon tax and suggested that the philosophy behind it, including protecting the environment is paramount, however it shouldn't be done to the peril of the economy. As for the minimum wage increase, she says everyone should be prosperous, but there needs to be more consultation and information on the consequences and long-terms effects of increasing it so rapidly. That said, she explained that should the UCP form government, the minimum wage increase would not be rolled back.
She also briefly touched on how she believes transparency "in every aspect" needs to occur between educators and parents, while she said that making sure people "get well" in the opioid crisis that is occurring should be a priority. How that could be accomplished, however, needs to be discussed with all parties involved.
As for women’s' issues including those involving abortion, Zuba said "I absolutely believe that women have the right to decide for themselves how they live their lives. And as far as the bubble zones go, I have not been involved in that and I don't want to comment until I research it a little bit more."
There’s no date set to select UCP candidates for provincial ridings yet.
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