Rick Peterson looks to run in Rona Ambrose’s vacant Edmonton seat

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Rona Ambrose’s Edmonton seat is accepting resumes since it’s now empty.

Former conservative leader, hockey player and Grande Prairie born Rick Peterson is looking to fill the seat since it’s in his former neighbourhood where his family is.

“It’s right in the neighbourhood where I have lots of family and friends still and I have a couple of clients in Spruce Grove. And with Rona stepping down they were encouraging me to run,” he told CBC News.

Peterson lives in Vancouver and said he would “Absolutely” move to Edmonton if he was to run, his business in Vancouver can be run from anywhere.

Rick Peterson finished 11th among the 13 remaining leadership candidates last May with less than one per cent of the vote, Peterson ran a comparing race with Kevin O’Leary, but O’Leary ran a Trump/Celebrity style campaign while Peterson runs a more serious campaign and sticks to federal politics, he’s in it for the long-run, not a one time thing, his political career has lasted for the 30 years so far.

He said he’s heard from several constituency associations asking whether he’d be interested in being their candidate in the next election. He spoke to this Edmonton riding’s president last week and found him “open and interested.”

“I think it’s just step one,” he said. “We’re not close to making any decision yet and I think it’s important to talk to local Conservatives — I’m not a resident — and we’d have to see how that played out.”

Peterson said he expects to decide by the end of the summer. (CBC)

What do you think? Should Rick Peterson come to Edmonton?