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Notley accepts nomination to run Edmonton-Strathcona again

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Edmonton, March 11: NDP leader Rachel Notley accepted on Saturday the nomination to run again in Edmonton-Strathcona.

Notley has been successfully elected to represent the central Edmonton seat since 2008.

On Saturday, at a constituency nomination meeting, she made it official for the upcoming general election in May, pledging to continue leading the New Democrats with a platform focused on building a strong future for all Albertans.

Amid a few hundred supporters at NAIT’s main campus in Edmonton on Saturday, Notley accepted the nomination as the party’s candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona, submitted by former leader Raj Pannu and seconded by Edmonton-Rutherford candidate Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse.

Notley recently celebrated her 15th anniversary of serving in the Alberta Legislature.

Notley recognized that after her party’s election loss in 2019, Albertans “made a different choice” and said the NDP “had some work to do.”

She recalled, “I will be very honest. There was a bit of time when I wondered whether it maybe was time for someone else to do the job.”

For this election campaign, Notley said the NDP will focus on building a future-proof economy, reducing the oil price rollercoaster’s impact on provincial coffers through diversification and investing in schools and healthcare.

After the speech, Notley told reporters the party plans to have a headquarters in Calgary to support outreach efforts there and across southern Alberta.

“We have an amazing group of new candidates,” she said. “We are going to be working with them to make sure they build strong relationships.”

While the party has 18 other incumbents in Edmonton, Notley said she will not presuppose the provincial capital’s support.

“We are not taking Edmonton for granted. We know that Edmontonians deserve to have representation.”

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