Calgary-Fish Creek MLA Richard Gotfried has announced he will not run for re-election. Gotfried was the only rookie Progressive Conservative MLA elected in 2015, stealing the south Calgary seat from the Wildrose Party after long-time MLA Heather Forsyth retired from elected politics.
The affable Gotfried was re-elected under the United Conservative Party banner in 2019 with 61.5 per cent of the vote.
He is the seventh MLA to publicly announce plans to not seek re-election when the next election is called. Others not running again include:
- Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP MLA Michaela Frey
- Drayton Valley-Devon UCP MLA Mark Smith
- Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview NDP MLA Deron Bilous
- Edmonton-Rutherford NDP MLA Richard Feehan
- Edmonton-South Independent MLA Thomas Dang.
- Edmonton-West Henday NDP MLA Jon Carson
Recently nominated candidates
- Former Calgary Economic Development vice-president Court Ellingson was nominated as the Alberta NDP candidate in Calgary-Foothills.
- Calgary Transit Operator Raj Jessel was nominated as the NDP candidate in Chestermere-Strathmore.
- Lawyer Cheryl Hunter Loewen was nominated as the NDP candidate in Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills.
Lawyer Andrew Stewart has announced his plans to seek the NDP nomination in Calgary-Hays. A nomination meeting is scheduled for October 26. The riding has been represented by UCP MLA Ric McIver since 2012.
Upcoming nomination meetings
- Former Red Deer City Manager Craig Curtis and past school board candidate Jaelene Tweedle are on the ballot as NDP members in Red Deer-North choose their next candidate on October 5.
- MLA David Shepherd is expected to be nominated to run for re-election in Edmonton-City Centre on October 11.
- More NDP nomination meetings are scheduled in Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright (October 15), Calgary-Beddington (October 17), Lacombe-Ponoka (October 19), and Calgary-Hays (October 26).
The NDP have now nominated candidates in 54 of Alberta’s 87 electoral districts. As previously noted, it appears as though the UCP have paused the nomination process until after their new leader is selected on October 6. The Alberta Party has nominated three candidates.
See the full list of nomination candidates here.
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