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Rajesh Angral wins 3-way NDP race in Calgary-North, Chantelle de Jonge wins Chestermere-Strathmore UCP nomination vote

Rajesh Angral defeated Hassan Bokhari and Moses Mariam to win the Alberta NDP nomination in Calgary-North.

“I am humbled and full of gratitude for support from members in Calgary-North,” said Angral in a media release. “Our community has come together and I am ready to work towards our common goals of uplifting North Calgary and work the concerns of residents as part of the Alberta NDP team as we head into the next election.”

Angral is President, CEO, producer, and host of Sabrang Radio 94.7FM and President of the Punjabi Council of Commerce in Calgary. His community involvement includes organizing multicultural and sport events including Culturefest, Vaisakhi Mela, Bollywood Nights, and cricket tournaments.

The north Calgary riding is currently represented by United Conservative Party MLA Muhammad Yaseen.

de Jonge wins UCP vote in Chestermere-Strathmore

Chantelle de Jonge United Conservative Party UCP Chestermere-Strathmore candidate MLA
Chantelle de Jonge (source: Chantelle de Jonge / Facebook)

Chantelle de Jonge defeated Dharminder Premi to secure the UCP nomination in Chestermere-Strathmore. de Jonge launched a nomination challenge against incumbent UCP MLA Leela Aheer in early 2021 but Aheer dropped out of the UCP nomination contest in October 2022.

de Jonge is a former President of the Calgary Dental Assistants Association and a former Constituency Assistant in the office of former Calgary-Skyview Conservative MP Jag Sahota. She has volunteered with a number of organizations and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and philosophy at the University of Calgary.

de Jonge’s campaign promises included creating an Alberta Pension Plan and opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul recount on Dec. 20

David Hanson, Scott Cyr and Greg Sawchuk at an all-candidates forum for the UCP nomination in Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul (source: Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul / Facebook)
David Hanson, Scott Cyr and Greg Sawchuk at an all-candidates forum for the UCP nomination in Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul (source: Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul / Facebook)

A recount of the votes in the Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul UCP nomination contest will take place on Tuesday, December 20. The vote in the sprawling east central rural riding resulted in former MLA Scott Cyr finishing one vote ahead of incumbent MLA David Hanson.

The ballots are currently at UCP headquarters and are sealed in secure storage, and will not be opened until vote time, returning officer Ron Young told Lakeland Connect.

UCP members vote in Beverly-Clareview

UCP members in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview will choose from three candidates in a nomination vote on December 20. Engineer and past city council candidate Felix Amenaghawon, photographer and past city council candidate Lana Palmer, and car company financial specialist Luke Suvanto.

The riding is currently represented by NDP MLA Deron Bilous since 2012. Bilous announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election after 3-terms as MLA. Teacher and past NDP president Peggy Wright won the nomination to succeed Bilous as the NDP candidate.

Green Party candidate withdraws from “toxic” provincial politics

Carl McKay has withdrawn as the Green Party candidate in Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock. In am email to this publisher on this website, McKay said that “I have removed myself from Provincial Politics and from the Provincial electoral registry. Participating in provincial politics is toxic and I have withdrawn as a candidate on Friday December 9, 2022.”

Total nominated Alberta election candidates

With less than six months until the next election, the Alberta NDP have nominated candidates in 69 of Alberta’s 87 ridings. The UCP have candidates named in 49 ridings and the Green Party has 22 candidates. The Alberta Party has nominated 3 candidates and the Liberal Party has one.

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