The following comes via a Gary Mar supporter who took me up on my offer to post arguments in favour of a writer's preferred candidate.
As always, this should not be construed as an endorsement by myself.
Their text (with abbreviations edited to their full-length) begins now.
I have known Gary since the mid 90s. We met when he was Seniors Minister and I was a reporter in Olds. I watched him speak with a group of irate seniors and bring them onside regarding cuts to seniors' programs. He can connect with people of any stripe in a very sincere and real way. I traveled with him a lot when he was Education Minister and that view was only solidified. Gary is smart enough to understand the issues in a comprehensive way and pragmatic enough to find consensus.
I will continue to post there as I get them. As a reminder, they can be emailed to me at oberhoffner (at) facebook (dot) com.