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Medicine Hat mayor to run for Liberals

Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher will run for the Liberal Party in the upcoming federal election.

Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher will run for the Liberal Party in the upcoming federal election.

Boucher, the former police chief of the eastern Alberta city, announced his candidacy on Tuesday.

He said that as mayor he led a council that lowered local taxes, and he believes that gives him a lot of support.

"The credibility of our council and certainly of me trying to push for this is there," Boucher said. "When I talked to the street and before I put my name out, a lot of people — at least 200 people — have said we're not getting a good representation from Ottawa."

Boucher was first elected as mayor in 2007 and was re-elected last year.

He grew up in Quebec and served in the RCMP for 30 years.

Boucher will take an unpaid leave of absence during the campaign.

He will face a tough race. In 2008, Conservative LaVar Payne took the seat in Medicine Hat with nearly 71 per cent of the vote.

Liberal candidate Bev Botter ran third, with nearly 7 per cent support.

In this election, Payne will run for the Tories again, Dennis Perrier will represent the New Democrats and Graham Murray is the Green Party candidate.