Gerard Lucyshyn, a faculty member of Mount Royal University, says he has been building up the new constituency association’s membership base since the spring. Now he’s “intent on winning,” he says.
A resident of Langdon, just east of Calgary, he’ll be challenging Rocky View County councillor and former reeve Rolly Ashcroft — who also lives in Langdon.
Two earlier-announced candidates, country singer George Canyon and Miracle Channel host Paul Arthur, have quit the race with Arthur deciding to run in the Lethbridge riding instead.
Lucyshyn says he offers “extensive knowledge of and experience in policy development.”
He maintains “constituents are entitled to strong and informed local representation, one free of a dubious or shadowy track record.”
Lucyshyn’s record includes roles as president of the Langdon Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Rotary Club of Chestermere and volunteer with local 4-H groups.
He says he’s “significantly involved” in Strathmore and Chestermere as well as Langdon, and also has links to Brooks and Taber — at the other end of the new riding.
Born in Saskatoon, Lucyshyn also lived in Manitoba before moving to Alberta in 2001.
After completing his first degree, he attended graduate school at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Teaching in Calgary, his classes include engineering economics and microeconomics.
Lucyshyn’s areas of research interest cover financial economics, international trade and finance, business economics, law and economics, regional economics and economic history.