There’s more than just a local municipal election going on. In preparation for the federal election in 2019, the Conservative Party in our neighbouring riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex is looking to replace retiring leader Bev Shipley.
Shipley announced his retirement in July. The vote will take place in the late fall, most likely in November. This will allow Bev’s replacement to learn from him and become well acquainted with the riding before the federal election next year.
Pete Aarssen, a local businessman is seeking the federal Conservative Party nomination. After 34 years with London Life insurance, Pete and his wife, Shelley founded Maple Creek Partners, an employee benefit and estate planning advisory firm in June of 2017. For over 35 years, Pete has served the financial wellness needs of small businesses, elders, farm and agri-business professionals. He holds credentials as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (CH.F.C), Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor (CAFA) and is an Elder Planning Counselor (EPC).
Having lived and worked in all three counties in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding, Pete feels he brings a distinct advantage to the leadership race. The other three candidates all live in Middlesex County. “I understand the unique needs of residents and businesses in each area as I travel around to serve clients throughout the riding,” says Pete. “Living close to the riding boundary, I will ensure that the needs of Lambton County figure prominently in the decision-making for this riding.”
Pete is actively involved in his community. He has a long list of organizations which he’s volunteered for from the Chamber of Commerce, to being on the Board of Directors for many non-profits and of course, he did his fair share of coaching little league when his four children were young.
Pete has always had a desire to serve in public office. In 2015, he went up against Marilyn Gladu in the Sarnia-Lambton riding. “I like and respect Marilyn and would like to work alongside her in the other half of the Lambton riding. I want to make sure that the needs of seniors, small businesses, and the agricultural sector are all properly attended to by our government. I think there is a lot of room for improvement.”
The party nomination vote will take place later this fall. To be eligible to vote, you must live in the riding and be a registered member of the Conservative Party. Once registered, you will be invited to the meeting and allowed to vote.