Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie has become the first MLA to endorse Danielle Smith in the UCP leadership race.

Guthrie says she is a leader who stands by her convictions, will stand up to Ottawa, and believes in efficient government.

"With Danielle's experience and positive mindset, I feel she will be a real difference-maker to inspire change within our party."

Guthrie released a video today on social media explaining his decision while encouraging other UCP members to do their homework and decide who best represents their views.

Guthrie says he closely examined all 10 candidates.

"I felt it was important to review the candidates, check out their platform ideas, see them perform in person and on social media as well at a forum or a debate, and I've been doing just that."

Smith has an event scheduled in Cochrane on July 12 at Ducks on the Roof. Whether she will be in attendance at Guthrie's Stampede Breakfast at his constituency office the next morning has not been confirmed.

Banff-Kananaskis MLA Miranda Rosin has endorsed Travis Toews and he will be attending her Stampede BBQ on July 13 at the Wild West Centre.

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