updated: alberta candidate nomination updates – june 2011.

The summer months are here and while the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals are preoccupied with choosing new leaders, the Wildrose Alliance are focusing on nominating a swath of candidates across the province. Here are some updates to the list of candidate nominations happening across Alberta:

Travis Olson, Wildrose Alliance candidate in Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater

Travis Olson, Wildrose Alliance candidate in Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater

Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater: Travis Olson was nominated as the Wildrose candidate on June 3, defeating Smoky Lake County Councillor Lori Danyluk, Thorhild social worker Lauri Genert and Sturgeon County Mayor Don Rigney in a mail-in ballot nomination contest. Athabasca-Redwater PC MLA Jeff Johnson has been nominated as his party’s candidate.

Calgary-Bow: Tim Dyck and John Hilton-O’Brien are vying for the Wildrose Alliance nomination. Mr. Hilton-O’Brien was the Alberta Alliance candidate in Grande Prairie-Wapiti in the 2004 election. PC MLA Alana DeLong has been nominated as her party’s candidate.

Calgary-Currie: Carrie Adolph was nominated as the Wildrose Alliance candidate defeating Sonja Chycoski. Ms. Adolph will face Alberta Party MLA Dave Taylor, who has represented this constituency since 2004.

Calgary Fort: The Wildrose Alliance is now without a candidate after Bob McInnis withdrew his candidacy for personal and professional reasons.

Calgary-Hays: Former Wildrose Alliance nomination candidate Wendi Moore appears to have withdrawn from the contest and is now supporting real estate agent Gene Sarmaga, who is facing Libertarian Party of Canada leader Dennis Young.

A photo of Cory Morgan, nomination candidate for the Wildrose Alliance in Wildrose Cory Morgan Calgary Klein North Hill

Former separatist leader Cory Morgan is a Wildrose Alliance nomination candidate in Calgary-Klein.

Calgary-Klein: Recent Aldermanic candidate Jeremy Nixon and former Alberta separatist leader Cory Morgan are seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination scheduled for June 29. This will be Mr. Morgan’s fourth attempt at provincial elected office, having run as a candidate for the Alberta Independence Party in Banff-Cochrane in 2001, the Separation Party of Alberta in Highwood in 2004, and the Wildrose Alliance in Calgary-Mountain View in 2008.

Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill: The host of the popular CHQR radio show Calgary Today Mike Blanchard and Roy Alexander are seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination in this constituency at a June 13 meeting.

Calgary-Northern Hills: Prasad Panda was nominated as the Wildrose Alliance candidate on May 27, 2011. Mr. Panda replaces previously nominated candidate Harpreet Nijjar, who withdrew from the nomination earlier this year. Calgary-Mackay PC MLA Teresa Woo-Paw has been nominated as her party’s candidate.

Cardston-Taber-Warner: This constituency was represented by now-Calgary-Glenmore Wildrose MLA Paul Hinman from 2004 until 2008. Dave Wright and Stirling businessman Doug Cooper are seeking that party’s nomination.

Mike Blanchard, Wildrose Alliance nomination candidate in Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill

Mike Blanchard, Wildrose Alliance nomination candidate in Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill

Chestermere-Rockyview: It would appear that Chestermere Town Councillor Heather Davies defeated Said Abdulbaki to become the Wildrose Alliance candidate in that constituency.

Edmonton-Centre: Four-term Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman was acclaimed as her party’s candidate on May 15. The Wildrose Alliance has nominated Barb de Groot, the Executive Director/Registrar of the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists.

Edmonton-Decore: The Wildrose Alliance has nominated lawyer Chris Bataluk as their candidate.

Edmonton-Glenora: Former Alberta Party acting-leader Sue Huff is expected to be acclaimed as her party’s candidate in this constituency. PC MLA Heather Klimchuk has been nominated as her party’s candidate.

A photo of Cindy Olsen, Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee

Catholic School Trustee Cindy Olsen is considering a run for NDP in Edmonton-Manning, according to unnamed source.

Edmonton-Manning: According to an unnamed source, Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee Cindy Olsen is strongly considering seeking the NDP nomination in this constituency, which is one of five in the province where the NDP candidate placed second in 2008. (UPDATE: Ms. Olsen announced this morning that she will seek the NDP nomination in Edmonton-Manning. See media release and confirmation from Edmonton-Strathcona NDP MLA Rachel Notley in the comments below) Already seeking the nomination is Mike Scott, who was the Edmonton-Sherwood Park NDP candidate in the recent federal election (and is also formerly known as Mike Koala on 100.3 FM The Bear). The NDP has scheduled their nomination meeting for June 27.

Edmonton-Whitemud: Rick Newcombe and Ian Crawford are seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination. Although this will be Mr. Crawford’s first time seeking a Wildrose nomination, he has run unsuccessfully for City Council numerous times since 1992, for the Reform Party nomination in Edmonton-Strathcona in 1993, for the PC nominations in Edmonton-Rutherford and Edmonton-Ellerslie in 1993, for the Canadian Alliance in Edmonton-Southeast nomination in 2000, and for the PC nomination in Edmonton-Meadowlark in 2007 against Raj Sherman and Debbie Cavaliere. PC MLA Dave Hancock has been nominated as his party’s candidate.

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake: Developer Rod English and real estate broker Kerry Towle are seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination, which is scheduled to happen on June 16.

Joe Anglin is seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination in Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

The Rimbey Review reports that Joe Anglin is seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination in Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills: Village of Beiseker Mayor Bruce Rowe was acclaimed as the Wildrose Alliance candidate.

Rocky Mountain House-Sundre: The Rimbey Review is reporting that Rocky Mountain House Town Councillor Sheila Mizera and Rimbey Town Councillor Joe Anglin are seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination. Mr. Anglin is well-known as a vocal advocate for landowners rights and earned 23% of the vote as the 2008 Green Party candidate in Lacombe-Ponoka. He served briefly as the Leader of the Alberta Green Party until it was dissolved in 2009.

UPDATE: I have received an email from Mr. Anglin in in regards to the news he is seeking the Wildrose Alliance nomination: “I have been fishing in the Yukon for the last two weeks. Just returned today. This is news to me. I have not made any such announcement.

Whitecourt-Ste. Anne: Whitecourt Town Councillor Maryann Chichak was announced as her party’s candidate on May 20. PC MLA George VanderBurg has been nominated as his party’s candidate.

Am I missing anyone? Post a comment below or send me an email at david.cournoyer@gmail.com.


12 thoughts on “updated: alberta candidate nomination updates – june 2011.

  1. daveberta Post author

    I have a late addition for Edmonton-Ellerslie. Former Liberal MLA Bharat Agnihotri has been nominated as his parrty’s candidate. Mr. Agnohotri served as MLA from 2004 until 2008. PC MLA Naresh Bhardwaj has also been nominated as his party’s candidate.

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  2. Chris LaBossiere

    Great update Dave!

    I know that Penhold Councilor Danielle Klooster will be seeking an Alberta Party nomination for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake soon as well.

    It’s interesting to know that Cory Morgan had ran twice as an Alberta separatist, and was one of the founders of the independence movement.

    The Wildrose sure seems to attract a wide range of interesting characters.

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  3. daveberta Post author

    Thanks for the comment, Chris. I added Danielle Klooster from Innisfail-Sylvan Lake to the list in the May 2011 nomination update.

    The Wildrose Alliance is drawing a pretty broad range of candidates, some qualified and some questionable. I would be very concerned if a party like them, now so close to government, openly embraced separatists in their ranks.

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  4. Neal

    Joe Anglin sure has an appropriate name; he used to travel with the NDP and then the Green party and now he’s Wild Rose?!? He’s definitely looking for any “Angle-In”.

    Bad jokes aside, this guy is nothing but an opportunist looking to punch his ticket to Legislature. Obviously he doesn’t know what he actually stands for, so the people of Rocky Mountain House can expect a dodgy career politician if they elect Joe.

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  5. Rachel Notley

    Thanks for keeping on top of this list.

    As for Cindy Olsen in Edmonton Manning, in addition to your “un-named source” I can confirm that Cindy is definately seeking the nomination in Edmonton Manning and that I announced that fact at the education rally at the legislature a couple of Sundays ago.

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  6. daveberta Post author

    I received this media release in my email inbox this morning:

    News Release

    For Immediate Release
    Tuesday, June 9, 2011

    Trustee Cindy Olsen seeks provincial NDP nod in Edmonton-Manning

    Edmonton Catholic School Trustee Cindy Olsen declared today her intention to seek the nomination in Edmonton Manning for the Alberta NDP for the next Provincial Election.

    “I’m excited to formally announce my intent to seek the nomination” Olsen says. “Recent announcements of teacher layoffs and underfunding for education are a perfect example of why I have decided to run to become a New Democrat MLA.”

    A Trustee since 2007 for her Northeast Edmonton ward, Olsen knows the issues facing families in Edmonton Manning. She has served as Board Chair and on numerous committees and tasks forces during her two terms as Trustee.

    “Education is just another example of how the Tories are failing our Province.” states Olsen. “The government has announced money for new school buildings, but this raises the question of how we can staff them and provide programs needed with the financial cutbacks Boards have been handed. New money for new schools also does not address the accumulated infrastructure deficit in maintaining the schools we already have. I am seeking the nomination as a New Democrat because Alberta’s NDP has a clear vision, strong and committed leadership and offers practical solutions to fix the problems the Tories have created. “

    The Edmonton-Manning NDP Constituency Association has stated it will hold its nomination meeting on June 27th.

    -30-

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  7. Sue Huff

    Hi Dave,
    Interesting to see how the field is being populated!

    You missed Edmonton-Rutherford. Michael Walters is the official candidate for the Alberta Party.

    As well, our Leader, Glenn Taylor will be seeking the nomination to run in his home constituency.

    We are having the nomination meeting tonight (Thurs, June 9th)for Edmonton-Glenora, so I will let you know the outcome!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  8. jerrymacgp

    “…Obviously he doesn’t know what he actually stands for, so the people of Rocky Mountain House can expect a dodgy career politician if they elect Joe.…” I think one of the prerequisites to be labelled a “career politician” is to be repeatedly elected; Mr. Anglin is clearly more of a “career candidate” or “career aspiring politician” 😉

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  9. D Murry

    On July 14 at the Wildrose Alliance forum in Hoadley Joe Anglin dropped the comment;I don’t fellow lawyers I lead lawyers. In my opinion this comment demonstrates nothing more then arrogance. Making such a statement seems to put the lawyer who fought for a change in landowner rights legislation in an unimportant and inferior position. I believe Mr. Keith Wilson put in a tremendous amount of work in fighting the three pieces of legislation and should be commended and not relegated to a secondary status.
    When a politician or would be politician displays arrogance you can bet they have no intentions of listening to the grass roots. We are already dealing with much conceit and egotism from the present government in Edmonton. This begs the question, will the Wildrose Alliance actually be any different from the Progressive Conservatives?
    It’s too bad that Joe doesn’t realize that a little humility would go a long way to garner support in the upcoming Wildrose nomination race.

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