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Pitt retains UCP nomination in Airdrie

The current MLA for Airdrie has defeated a challenger to be the United Conservative Party candidate for the next provincial election.

MLA defeats former broadcaster to carry United Conservative banner in next election

Incumbent Angela Pitt beat out Roger Millions for United Conservative nomination in Airdrie-East. (Scott Dippel/CBC)
The current MLA for Airdrie has defeated a challenger to be the United Conservative Party candidate for the next provincial election. 

Angela Pitt was first elected in 2015. She is one of two female members of the UCP caucus.

Former hockey broadcaster Roger Millions was the only other contestant in the race. 

He announced earlier this month he was retiring from broadcasting. He then decided to seek the UCP nomination in the soon-to-be created riding of Airdrie East.

Pitt said she's thrilled.

"I'm so honoured and grateful to be able to have the mandate from the United Conservative Party members of Airdrie-East moving forward," she said.

"I look forward to a really great election, hopefully here in 2019. I'm so thankful for all of the volunteers who worked on my campaign and I wish the very best to Roger Millions in his future endeavours."

Pitt had received the endorsement of at least 17 members of the UCP caucus in recent weeks.

Following Pitt's win, UCP leader Jason Kenney offered his congratulations. 

"Angela is a valued member of our caucus and a passionate advocate for her constituents, whom she has served with dedication over the last three years," he said.

"As Justice Critic, she has held this NDP government to account and fought hard for victims of crime across the province." 

Kenney also thanked Millions and his team for "running a spirited nomination campaign."

Pitt is the eleventh UCP candidate to be nominated for the next provincial election which is expected to be held in spring 2019.

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Scott Dippel

Politics Reporter

Scott Dippel has been at CBC News for more than two decades across four provinces. His roles have included legislative reporter, news reader, assignment editor and national reporter. When not at Calgary's City Hall, it's still all politics, all the time.