Cheryl Seaborn is the new UCP Lethbridge-West candidate following controversy from the previous candidate Tory Tanner who stepped down. Tanner accused Lethbridge teachers of showing pornography to students and subsequently resigned following a video of her making the claim on social media.
Seaborn is a registered nurse, a University of Lethbridge alumna and a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth The Second Platinum Jubilee Medal for her work with the Kainai Nation.
She will be going head-to-head with NDP Lethbridge-West candidate Shannon Phillips. We asked Seaborn what it will take to dethrone the incumbent Phillips.
“She’s a formidable opponent, there’s no question about it. I think that people, though, in Lethbridge-West would like to see a positive change. I am certainly receiving that feedback that’s what I’m working with as I move forward is that I will return your phone calls. I will be in my office to hear what you have to say. It doesn’t matter to me who you voted for, I’m there to listen to everyone. I’m there to listen to the needs of the residents of Lethbridge-West. And I think that there is just a hunger for that to happen. I need to get out and meet people, and that’s what I’ve been doing and responding to the inquiries and the concerns that people are expressing.”
We also asked Phillips what her thoughts are of the new competition from Seaborn heading into the upcoming election.
“Of course they’re going to have a candidate. Obviously, they had to, at the last minute, replace their candidate. So I welcome her to the race and she has a lot of catching up to do because I’ve knocked on thousands and thousands and thousands of doors for the last eleven years and I don’t intend to stop now. But of course, they’re going to have to have a name on a ballot, and that’s what they have now.”
As part of her campaign, Seaborn says she is also focusing on healthcare, tackling crime and strengthening the economic opportunities for business owners in Lethbridge-West.