Incumbent MLA Colleen Young opened her campaign office on Sunday after the writ for the Saskatchewan election dropped last week.
Outside the office at 2911-50 Avenue, Young said she has been speaking with constituents over the phone and in-person to hear their concerns for the past few months.
The majority of conversations have been around the current state of the economy, how the province looks to recover and concerns for small business owners.
“I started back in July, but I am now more in full gear and the response I’ve been getting at the doors has been very positive. People are very positive about having a conversation with me and sometimes it’s between the door and myself and that’s okay.”
Young continues to advocate for a number of issues including accessing healthcare for constituents, and issues faced by the oil and gas industry. She aims to continue vouching for partnerships with Alberta ministers to assist with local challenges.
“Healthcare, for one of them, but as you saw we had an announcement with both of our high schools and I’m going to encourage more of that. I think that will be the benefit for Lloydminster if we could work more with our Alberta partners to get things for Lloydminster.”
Young mentioned Saskatchewan Party leader Scott Moe’s platform is set to be released “within the next short while.” She also spoke on his plan for a balanced budget by 2024 and 100,000 new jobs by 2030.
“We’re hoping our resource sector will be stronger as we move forward. We’ve created lots more opportunities for business investment in some of the larger areas such as mining and forestry and a few other places like that. We want to keep that growing, and we’ve worked hard to deregulate and support them in their industries.”
Young has lived in Lloydminster for 34 years with her husband, raising eight children in the Border City.
Voters will choose between Young, Colleen Henning of the New Democratic Party and Steve Gessner with the Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan when they head to the polls on October 26.