Jefferson McClung is seeking the nomination to be the next local conservative candidate

While campaigning, McClung is continuing his duties as a full-time teacher

Jefferson McClung is seeking the nomination to be the next conservative candidate for the federal riding of Battle River-Crowfoot.

McClung lives just outside of Stettler with his wife and three children. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Wm E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.

“I’ve always been interested in politics – even as a youth. But I didn’t become really invested in it until my university years,” he said, adding that over the last couple of years he became increasingly interested in public office as well.

“I try to get involved wherever I see a need.”

Key issues currently run the gamut from ongoing economic recovery and development to restoring and maintaining a strong trading relationship with China.

Crime reduction is also an issue McClung sees as critical, pointing out that he believes there needs to be stronger punishments for repeat offenders.

“Currently, we are seeing a reduction in sentencing being pushed through the Senate at this moment. I think that’s going in the completely opposite way we need to be going for our rural communities.”

McClung has been busy juggling his campaign commitments along with his duties as a full-time teacher.

“I’ve been spending every single day knocking on doors and talking to people personally,” he said.

“That’s my favourite part – actually hearing from people directly.”

These days, as mentioned, he’s been busy working through the day while also connecting with potential supporters across the region.

“My days are long as I still have all my marking and lesson plans to create on top of my campaigning. I am not a career politician with a team of professional campaigners behind me. I do not have the luxury of stepping down from my job to campaign, nor would I do that to my students right before they graduate. I am too invested in their success.”

A sampling of his past employment would reveal that he has worked as a labourer building oil, water, and sewer pipelines.

He has been a missionary for his church. He has done all manner of construction, from building houses and schools to building roads. He has worked on many farms including his own.

“I understand the issues facing regular Albertans because I am a regular Albertan.

“I have (also) seen how the policies of the Liberal government have hurt the people of our riding. Our economy has been devastated. First, it was our natural resource industry that came under attack, now our farmers are dealing with a trade war. This has affected all areas of our economy.

“I am passionate about fighting for what is best for the people of this riding. Alberta deserves better than how the Liberals have been treating us.”

As a Social Studies teacher, McClung also has a thorough knowledge of politics, economics and civics.

He has been studying these subjects for two decades and intends on using this knowledge to advocate for the people of Battle River-Crowfoot.

He is passionate and vocal about the issues, gives real answers and will fight for real change, he said.

“The people of this riding are tired of politicians who will not give a straight answer to questions. I always have, and always will give honest direct answers. I do not talk like a typical politician, because I am not a typical politician, and I am prepared to fight harder than a typical politician.”

Nomination selection is expected to be done by mid-July.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Heartland Youth Centre has named the winners in this year’s fundraising raffle

Nan Gardner has won the grand prize of the 2020 GMC Terrain

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

Town of Stettler sports fields close for improvements

The Turf Revitalization Plan has been expedited from the initial five-year strategy

Still no confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer, central zone

There are 15 new confirmed cases were in Alberta, the province said Thursday

It’s back to business at Stettler’s Superfluity

This year also marks organization’s 40th anniversary

PODCAST: Black Lives Matter in central Alberta

Community organizers come on the show to discuss central Albertan anti-racist movement

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

Montreal man believes rough arrest caught on video was racially motivated

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

N.B. police shooting of Indigenous woman leads to questions on ‘wellness checks’

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Most Read