Clockwise from top left: Lianne Rood, Bruce Lamb, Greg Hetherington, Peter Cuddy, Mattheu Kok and Pete Aarssen.

The race to become Bev Shipley’s replacement as the Federal Conservative Party of Canada nominee in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex will officially include six people.

The Lambton-Kent-Middlesex candidate nominations committee for the Federal Conservative Party of Canada has announced that the official nomination open notice period for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex is closed.

Bruce Lamb, Greg Hetherington, Lianne Rood, Mattheu Kok, Pete Aarssen and Peter Cuddy have all confirmed their expressed interest to represent the Conservatives in the 2019 Federal Election.

“All Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Federal Conservative Members as of February 21, 2019, will have an opportunity to vote at one of two nomination meeting locations on Friday, March 22 in Dresden Ontario at the Dresden Arena, Ken Houston Memorial Ag Centre Hall or Saturday, March 23 in Strathroy, Ontario at the Portuguese Canadian Club,” Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative Party of Canada officials posted to social media.

Here is some more details about the nomination voting dates:

Nomination Vote Day 1, Location 1

– Where: Dresden Arena, Ken Houston Memorial Ag Centre Hall, 1212 North St. Dresden, ON N0L 1M0

– When: Friday March 22nd, 2019

– Call to order and candidate speeches will begin at 6 p.m.

– Registration and voting will begin after the speeches and will end at 9 p.m.

– Ballot reconciliation will begin after voting closes at 9 p.m.

Nomination Vote Day 2, Location 2

– Where: Portuguese Canadian Club of Strathroy, 375 York St. Strathroy, ON N7G 3T6

– When: Saturday March 23rd, 2019

– Call to order and candidate speeches will begin at 10 a.m.

– Registration and voting will begin after the speeches and will end at 2 p.m.

– Official count will begin after the voting closes at 2 p.m.

– Official announcement of successful candidate after the vote count

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Conservative Party of Canada officials said on July 7, 2018 there was a moment of pause when Bev Shipley, the long-time MP in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex announced that his name will not be on the ballot for the next election in 2019.

“We have a lot to be proud of and our pause is an acceptance that Bev will be missed,” the group said on social media.

“The riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex has been (and continues to be) represented well by Bev with upmost integrity, steadfast commitment and genuine passion for its citizens, not to mention an infectious love for our country. Tremendous opportunity starts with six candidates expressing their nomination intentions to represent the Electoral District of Lambton Kent Middlesex and every member having an opportunity to speak by exercising their opportunity to vote on March 22 and 23, 2019.”

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