Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence will have some competition when it comes to the Saskatchewan Party nomination in the Moose Jaw Wakamow riding. 

Megan Patterson officially announced that she intends to seek the Sask. Party nomination. No date has been set yet for the nomination meeting. 

Patterson was born and raised in Moose Jaw. Her father, George, is a retired lawyer and her mom was a long-time teacher in the city. 

“My parents George and Colleen Patterson, both showed me the importance of being involved in your community growing up. They were both very, very heavily involved in different organizations and different boards,” she said. 

Patterson said she decided to throw her hat into the race because politics are in her blood. She is the granddaughter of Albert Horner, who represented the Battlefords as a Member of Parliament under John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative government. Horner would hold office from 1958 to 1968. 

Patterson had worked on a number of political campaigns in the past. In the 2020 provincial election, Patterson won a contested nomination to become the Saskatchewan Party candidate for Regina Lakeview. However, she was defeated by now NDP leader Carla Beck in the general election. 

She said, while the government has done great things for the riding, it is a time for renewal within the Saskatchewan Party. 

“I want to thank Greg for his 12 years of service. I think this government has done a great job and there’s been a lot of investment in Moose Jaw. So, I definitely want to commend him for his 12 years of public service.” 

After graduating from Riverview Collegiate, Patterson moved away to attend school and work before returning to Moose Jaw to raise her family. She currently sits on the boards for the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce and Hunger in Moose Jaw. 

She said her focus now is talking to people in the Moose Jaw Wakamow riding. 

“I’m trying to get their perspective on the issues and I’m really focusing on the nomination,” Patterson said. 

Patterson will look to unseat Lawrence, who was first elected as MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow in 2011 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. 

The Saskatchewan NDP has already nominated Melissa Patterson (no relation) as their candidate for Moose Jaw Wakamow. 

The next provincial election is slated to be held on or before Oct. 28, 2024.