Patzer earns fi­nal bal­lot vic­tory to win Con­ser­va­tive Party can­di­dacy for Cy­press Hills - Grasslands

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Jeremy Patzer earned a fifth bal­lot vic­tory to earn the Con­ser­va­tive Party nom­i­na­tion in the Cy­press Hills - Grasslands con­stituency, end­ing a marathon nom­i­na­tion meet­ing in Swift Cur­rent on Satur­day night.

Patzer cap­tured the nom­i­na­tion ahead of Megz Reynolds, Nor­man Nordgulen, Kelly Wil­liamson, Sean Check­ley and Kyle Ben­nett in a vote which dropped off the bot­tom vote get­ter on the pre­ferred bal­lot and re­sum­ing the count be­fore the win­ner was de­cided.

“It was a great race and ob­vi­ously we’re thrilled with the re­sult. The other five can­di­dates did a great job as well. We’ve got a lot of in­ter­est now for the party in the rid­ing, and it’s great to build up that mem­ber­ship base through­out the whole process,” Patzer said shortly af­ter win­ning the nom­i­na­tion.

Party sup­port­ers had two days of vot­ing, with just over 1,400 of the 2,500 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers cast­ing their bal­lots in Maple Creek and Kin­der­s­ley on Fri­day, fol­lowed by bal­lot­ing in Assini­boia and Swift Cur­rent on Satur­day.

How­ever, when the bal­lot closed in Swift Cur­rent at 8:30 p.m., it was a full two hours be­fore the win­ner was an­nounced right around 10:30 p.m.

“Just un­be­liev­able,” Patzer said of the feel­ing af­ter that ex­tended wait on Satur­day night. “Just the emo­tion and the relief that you’ve been at it for three months and see your hard work and your ef­forts pay off, it was just fan­tas­tic.”

He spent much of the team be­ing pa­tient wait­ing for the re­sults by vis­it­ing with those gath­ered in the SCCHS Cafe­to­rium for the vote.

“The beauty of this job is the peo­ple, that’s what it boils down to. And be able to talk with peo­ple who are from all the dif­fer­ent communitie­s in the area and talking to them. It made it a lot eas­ier while they were do­ing the count­ing.”

Patzer launched his cam­paign back on March 18 and he felt that his ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the Con­ser­va­tive Party res­onated with those cast­ing bal­lots. He served on the Con­stituency Board of Di­rec­tors for the past four years, and is cur­rently serv­ing as a mem­ber at large on the Con­stituency Ex­ec­u­tive. He pointed out dur­ing the cam­paign that he had also lent a hand dur­ing elec­tion cam­paigns as a teenager, and had trav­elled to party events and as­sisted with door knock­ing over the years.

“I think just the big­gest thing for me - my in­volve­ment with the party. I’ve been com­mit­ted from a young age, and also just my ex­pe­ri­ence with work­ing on the board. I think peo­ple see that. Be­ing com­mu­nity minded and be­ing a family man, I think that res­onates with a lot of peo­ple as well and it’s eas­ier to re­late with peo­ple. And hav­ing roots in a small town of Fron­tier where I grew up, but also be­ing in Swift Cur­rent here now for just about the last 10 years, it gives me a good un­der­stand­ing of what’s go­ing on through­out the rid­ing.” Patzer said an ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of his cam­paign was be­ing cen­trally lo­cated in Swift Cur­rent. While he was in the mid­dle of the rid­ing, other can­di­dates had some longer trips while cov­er­ing all cor­ners of the con­stituency.

“Be­ing able to be cen­trally lo­cated, hav­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple in nu­mer­ous communitie­s be­fore this whole process be­gan. That’s key be­cause you’ve got to have a team in place and you’ve got to have good peo­ple that you can trust and rely upon, and we had that in place.”

Patzer was quickly shift­ing gears af­ter the nom­i­na­tion vote an­nounce­ment, re­ceiv­ing con­grat­u­la­tions from nu­mer­ous peo­ple who will now be a part of his elec­tion cam­paign team.

“It was the fin­ish­ing line for the nom­i­na­tion process, but it’s the start­ing line for the na­tional cam­paign here now. We’re ex­cited for An­drew Scheer and to see the di­rec­tion that we’re go­ing as a party. It ex­cites me and I’m look­ing for­ward to Oc­to­ber 21.”

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Cy­press Hills-grasslands MP David An­der­son con­grat­u­lated Jeremy Patzer fol­low­ing his nom­i­na­tion vic­tory on Satur­day.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Jeremy Patzer earned a fi­nal bal­lot vic­tory to cap­ture the Con­ser­va­tive Party nom­i­na­tion in the Cy­press Hills-grasslands con­stituency dur­ing a nom­i­na­tion vote on Satur­day.

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