Richard Marz

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Richard Marz
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
March 11, 1997 – March 2012
Preceded by new district
Constituency Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Personal details
Born (1944-04-30) April 30, 1944 (age 72)
Three Hills, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Janis
Children LaVonne and Rick
Occupation farmer

Richard Marz (born April 30, 1944 in Three Hills, Alberta) is a Canadian politician who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Marz was born and raised in Three Hills, Alberta. After high school, he worked in the oil patch and briefly joined the Calgary Police Service. Since 1966, he has operated a farm in the Three Hills area.

Political career[edit]

Before entering provincial politics, Marz was active in municipal politics. He was elected as councillor in the municipal district of Kneehill in 1980. Marz served as a councillor for 17 years, including six years as deputy reeve and seven years as reeve. During this period, Marz was a founding member of the Provincial Health Council and a chair of the Central Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. He has served as a board member for the Didsbury General and Auxiliary Hospital and Three Hills Health Care Centre.

During his third term, Marz was elected Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees. He chaired numerous committees since taking office in 1997, including the Standing Committee on Community Services, the Employability Council, the Farm Assessment and Taxation Committee, and the Labour Relations Code Review Committee.

Marz was elected to his fourth term representing the constituency of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills in the 2008 provincial election, receiving 64 per cent of the vote. During that term he served as deputy chair of the Select Special Ethics Commissioner Search Committee, and sat on the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy; the Agenda and Priorities Committee; the Legislative Offices Committee; the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee; and the Standing Committee on the Economy.

Personal life[edit]

Marz lives on a farm near Three Hills with his wife, Janis. The couple has two adult children, LaVonne and Rick, and four grandchildren.

He has been involved in the Disabled Transportation Society, the Three Hills and District Seed Plant, the Trochu Gun Club and the Three Hills Rodeo Committee.[1]

Election results[edit]

2001 Alberta general election results ( Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills ) Turnout 61.3%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 10,553 80.8%
     Liberal Gayleen Roelfsema 1,663 12.7%
     NDP Brenda L. Dyck 383 2.9%
     Social Credit Nicholas Semmler 460 3.5%
1997 Alberta general election results ( Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills ) Turnout 61.5%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 6,958 57.1%
     Liberal Dave Herbert 1,562 12.8%
     NDP Anne Wilson 247 2.0%
     Social Credit Don MacDonald 3,422 28.1%
Alberta general election, 2004: Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 7,277 59.40% −21.40%
Alberta Alliance Gordon Quantz 2,023 16.51%
Liberal Tony Vonesch 1,336 10.91% −1.83%
Separation Brian Vasseur 746 6.09%
Green Sarah Henckel-Sutmoller 469 3.83%
New Democratic Christopher Davies 257 2.10% −0.83%
Social Credit Myrna Kissick 143 1.16% −2.36%
Total 12,251
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 70
Eligible electors / Turnout 21,718 56.73%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −18.96%
Source: "Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
2008 Alberta general election results ( Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills ) Turnout 49.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Richard Marz 7,837 64.1%
     Liberal Tony Vonesch 1,038 8.5%
Wildrose Alliance Curt Engel 2,572 21.0%
Green Kate Haddow 518 4.2%
     NDP Andy Davies 268 2.2%

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