Alberta Politics

bev esslinger abandons riverview run and seeks pc nomination in calder. [updated]

Former Public School Trustee Bev Esslinger announced via email today that she will be seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in Edmonton-Calder. The former north-end trustee announced only weeks ago that she was running for the PC nomination in Edmonton-Riverview. Calder PC MLA Doug Elniski announced his retirement yesterday.

Here is Ms. Esslinger’s announcement:

Effective immediately I have chosen to run for the PC Nomination in Edmonton Calder due to the recent announcement by the current MLA Doug Elniski not to seek re-election.   I am a resident of Edmonton Calder, former Trustee and Board Chair of Edmonton Public Schools, and current President of Cumberland Oxford Community League.

Candidates already running in Calder include former NDP MLA David Eggen and Wildrose candidate Rich Neumann. The Liberals have not yet chosen a candidate, but Alex Bosse has announced his intention to seek the nomination.

UPDATE: Tory sources tell me that current Edmonton Public School Board Trustee Cheryl Johner may announce soon that she will compete with Ms. Esslinger for the PC nomination in Edmonton-Calder. Ms. Johner was elected to replace Ms. Esslinger in October 2010.

UPDATE [January  20, 2012]: Tory sources say that Ms. Johner will enter the PC nomination contest today.

4 replies on “bev esslinger abandons riverview run and seeks pc nomination in calder. [updated]”

All the best to Bev, her well established roots and track record in Calder and the communities will serve that constituency well.

Good luck to Bev (and Cheryl should she seek) in the nomination attempt. Contrary to typical Alberta politics, the nomination will actually be the *easy* part.

The margin of victory for Doug in 2008 was a mere 1.8% (or 178 votes).

I know David Eggen to see him on the street – he’s knocked on my door and visited my home.

I can’t say the same for the Mr. Elniski.

Cheryl Johner seeking Progressive Conservative nomination in Edmonton Calder Constituency.
For Immediate release:
January 20, 2012

Edmonton Public School Board Ward A Trustee Cheryl Johner is entering the nomination race in Edmonton Calder.

“I am seeking the nomination on the encouragement of friends, family and residents of Edmonton Calder. This constituency has been well served by the retiring MLA Doug Elniski and it is my goal to build on his work and ensure the issues and concerns of the people of Edmonton Calder are heard in the Provincial Legislature”, said Johner.

“Like Premier Redford I am dedicated to education. In my experience representing parents on the Alberta School Councils’ Association and the Edmonton Public School Board I have demonstrated my passion for education. My commitment is to the people of Calder, whether they be at the Calder Seniors Drop in Center or McArthur School”.

“As a strong fiscal conservative, my family has prospered and our children have never done without. I have dedicated my life to my family, and as they move on their own, it is time to use the same passion and commitment to serve the Citizens of Edmonton Calder”.

Cheryl Johner

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