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Alberta NDP leadership candidates coming to the Foothills

Meet the NDP leadership candidates at events in Okotoks and Diamond Valley throughout March and April.
Outgoing NDP leader Rachel Notley (left) and Highwood NDP constituency association secretary Jessica Hallam during a High River campaign event in 2023. Hallam and the Highwood team will be hosting events with leadership candidates over the next several weeks.

Candidates in the race to succeed Rachel Notley will be making appearances in Okotoks and Diamond Valley throughout March and April. 

The contestants that have announced their candidacy so far are MLAs Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse, Kathleen Ganley, Sarah Hoffman and Rakhi Pancholi, Alberta Federation of Labour leader Gil McGowan and former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi. 

The Highwood NDP constituency association is hosting a series of events giving community members the opportunity to meet the candidates and buy NDP memberships if they choose.

Pancholi, MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud, will be at The Stop in Diamond Valley on March 14 at 7 p.m. 

Hoffman, MLA for Edmonton-Glenora, will be at The Market in Diamond Valley on March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Ganley, MLA for Calgary-Mountain View, will be at The Royal Duke in Okotoks on April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Nenshi will be at the Crystal Shores Beach House in Okotoks on April 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Calahoo Stonehouse, MLA for Edmonton-Rutherford, was formerly scheduled to appear at the Royal Duke Hotel Eatery & Pub in Okotoks on March 21 at 7 p.m., but will have her event rescheduled to a date and location to be announced.

Times and locations will be shared when available.

Ganley and Pancholi will be at the Highwood NDP constituency association's booth at the Okotoks Trade & Lifestyle Show on April 13 and 14, respectively. 

McGowan, longtime leader of the Alberta Federation of Labour who announced his campaign on March 7, has not yet confirmed his attendance at a Highwood NDP event, but he will be in Okotoks on March 20 as part of the Alberta Federation of Labour's newly-launched 'Diversify Alberta' campaign. 

Candidates, both potential and confirmed, have until March 15 to get the required 50 nominator signatures, including 10 from each of the following areas: Calgary, Edmonton, northern Alberta, central Alberta and southern Alberta. 

Voters have until April 22 to become party members. Voting is open until June 22, which is when the results will be announced in Calgary.

Find out about upcoming events on the Highwood NDP constituency association Facebook page.

Amir Said

About the Author: Amir Said

Amir Said is a reporter and photographer with the Western Wheel covering local news in Okotoks and Foothills County. For story tips, reach out to [email protected].
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