The Saskatchewan Party has confirmed that Alanna Koch, a long-time party supporter, is officially nominated for the leadership race. Koch surpassed the requirements of 250 signatures, from 25 different constituencies of Sask Party members,submitting more than 450 signatures from 46 constituencies in the province.

“I am excited to have officially entered the race,” Koch said.  “Now the real work begins: meeting the membership, listening to their concerns and ensuring that together we keep Saskatchewan growing.”

Koch has years of government experience on the political side and as a public servant. She has been a Chief of Staff to Cabinet Ministers and has worked closely with Premiers in senior advisory roles.  She has worked on both provincial and federal political campaigns for more than 30 years.  Most recently she served as head of the Public Service in her role of Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary.  Prior to that, she was the longest-serving Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Canada.

“As leader, I will help build a strong economy by creating a positive business climate.  I will capitalize on our natural advantages, pursue beneficial trade agreements, support free-market solutions and use science-based decision making.  A strong economy is necessary to make investments into infrastructure and to invest into programs for our most vulnerable.  The true purpose of a strong economy is to provide a better life for all,” Koch said.

Koch will continue to travel around the province, fulfilling her previous commitment to visit every constituency during the campaign.