Dylan Price said he’s running as Green Party candidate in Midland partly because he wants to demonstrate his personal commitment to environmental change to his daughters, age nine and seven.
"It’s my first time running for office," said Price, 41, who lives near Sanford with his family.
A social worker with an agency in Winnipeg, Price grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. He moved to Winnipeg to attend Bible college, then earned a degree in social work from the University of Manitoba.
He said he’d initially contacted the Green Party of Manitoba to offer to volunteer for the party’s local candidate, but instead, he agreed to serve as the Green candidate in Midland.
The new boundaries for Midland reach from St. Claude in the west to La Salle in the east and from Morris in the south to the Trans-Canada Highway in the north. This area includes Miami, Carman, Rosenort, Fannystelle, Brunkild, Starbuck, Sanford and Oak Bluff.
Price said he’s aware of how climate change is affecting Manitoba farmers, including his neighbours.
"Farmers are the first environmentalists," Price added.
He believes that the Green Party’s commitment to preserving the environment in a fiscally responsible way will attract voters in the Sept. 10 election.
"I think we (the Green Party) have a very good chance to send a message to Manitobans and Canadians," Price said. "We’re not a one-trick pony; we also have a strong fiscal plan."
Price has served as a volunteer for youth sports teams in the Sanford area. While he admits he hasn’t been actively campaigning yet, he plans to get out door-knocking soon.
Also running in Midland are Progressive Conservative candidate Blaine Pedersen and Cindy Friesen for the NDP. An interview with Friesen was requested but, at press time, she had not responded No Liberal Party candidate had been nominated at press time.
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