Innisfail town councillor Jason Heistad has been declared the NDP’s candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake in the upcoming provincial election.
Heistad has served as a town councillor for Innisfail for over 11 years and has been the executive secretary-treasurer of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. He has also sat as a board member for the Public Service Pension Plan for the last three years.
“The people who live in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake have been clear they are looking for a representative who will listen to their concerns, and they aren’t finding that with the UCP,” said Heistad in a statement.
Heistad has lived in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for 38 years and currently lives in Innisfail with his wife where they raised their three adult children.
“These communities are very important to me and my family. My roots are here, and my priority is here,” said Heistad who is also co-founder and the current co-chair of the Innisfail Welcoming and Inclusive Community Committee.
Before his current role, he worked at Olds College for 15 years as a recruitment officer.
“I truly believe that public education and more opportunities for Albertans to advance their education through post-secondary is one of our strongest economic drivers in the province. We must build on what we have here in central Alberta and support our schools, healthcare facilities, and other public institutions, so folks who live here can study here, work here, and thrive here.”