With speculation of a fall election growing, Kitchener-Conestoga Liberals have selected Teresa Huegle to carry their banner.
The federal riding association acclaimed Huegle as their candidate at a meeting Tuesday night in Kitchener.
Huegle is well known in the area as the co-owner and operator for 30 years of Angie’s Country Kitchen in St Agatha and Waterloo. Her face is also familiar to those in local government as she has sat on several councils and committees over the years.
“Locally I have always voiced my opinion when necessary, whether it was at the Wilmot council or at the City of Waterloo,” Huegle said.
A longtime advocate for small business, Huegle is the former president of the Grand Valley Restaurant Association, and was a contributor to the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs in 2003. She said she believes that after so much time spent in the community while running Angie’s Kitchen, she can relate to a large number of people and truly understands the needs of the people around her.
“I can’t fix everyone’s problems for them but I think people can be confident that I will do my best to express their concerns in a way that people might just sit up and listen.”
Huegle added that one of the most important things that community members can do to help the political process is to be active and have their voices heard.
“I really do hope that people come out and vote because it’s our democratic right and freedom. Every Canadian should be proud of their right to vote.”
Kitchener-Conestoga is currently held by Conservative Harold Albrecht, who retained the seat in last October’s federal election, beating Liberal candidate Orlando Da Silva 23,255 to 11,875.