Longtime Tory MLA ready for difficult campaign
Edmonton-Mill Creek has been Gene Zwozdesky’s territory for nearly 15 years, but the Tory cabinet minister knows he’s in a tough fight during the upcoming election.
He retained the diverse central riding by around 800 votes under then-premier Ralph Klein during the 2004 election, he says, but things are now looking different.
"For me, that was close race because I’ve always won by a margin by a few thousand," he says. "In this particular (election), every vote will count and I’m getting good support, but I’m not taking anything for granted, that’s for sure."
Zwozdesky first entered politics as a Liberal, but he crossed the floor to the Conservatives in 1998 — where he stayed on as a respected cabinet minister.
His closest rival is Liberal candidate Aman Gill, a local realtor who lost to Zwozdesky four years ago. She’s hoping more door-knocking this time around will make the biggest difference in her campaign.
"People are saying they’re concerned about the environment and they’re sick and tired of the PC government," she says. "They’re saying it’s definitely time for a change after 37 years."
Also running are millwright Stephen Anderson for the New Democrats and Glen Argan, editor of the Western Catholic Reporter, for the Green Party.
Voters go to the polls on March 3 for the provincial election.