Dr. Robert Kitchen has enjoyed the campaign for the Conservative Party's nomination in Souris-Moose Mountain.
The Estevan chiropractor became the first candidate to enter the foray to replace MP Ed Komarnicki as the Tory flag-bearer in the constituency, when he declared his candidacy last fall. Four others have since joined the race.
He said he has spent the last few months meeting with the riding's residents, and assembling his campaign team.
"This is a very resource-rich riding, and it's been my home for over 25 years now," said Kitchen. "The people here are the ones that I want to help as much as I can."
He has several issues entering the campaign. The first is health care – which he views as an obvious one because of his experience in the health industry. His wife has been a nurse for nearly 35 years, too.
While health care is largely provincial jurisdiction, Kitchen said some issues would be federal domain
"If I were to put my finger on something that really is of interest to me, it would be dealing with seniors and the issue of dementia," said Kitchen. "I see that a lot in my line of work, and it's an issue that's important."
And it expands to a number of different areas – the Canada Pension Plan, housing and how families cope with senior care issues, he said.
He also has an interest with the Canadian Forces. Kitchen's father, brother, sister and brother-in-law served their country.
"I'm a strong supporter of our Canadian Forces, and the Conservative government has been a strong supporter of the military," said Kitchen. "They've turned things around from 15 to 20 years ago, when there really wasn't a lot of support put towards it."
When his father was serving, salaries weren't very high, he said. Wages have increased, allowing Forces members to do a better job of looking after their families. They also don't move as frequently as they used to.
Kitchen has also travelled abroad extensively, thanks to his father's career, so foreign affairs are of an interest to him. And he wants to help out community sports, recreation and culture organizations.
He says he's not surprised that so many other people want to be the Conservative candidate in Souris-Moose Mountain. Phil Zajac of Estevan, Michael Strachan of Torquay, Lyndon Dayman of Kipling and Randy Schiller of Weyburn are the other confirmed candidates for the nomination.
Kitchen wouldn't be surprised if a couple more people join the race.
"I was prepared to see this number, and it's good," said Kitchen.
A date for the nomination meeting has yet to be established.