Jaelene Tweedle has won the NDP nomination for Red Deer-North.
Tweedle defeated former Red Deer city manager Craig Curtis to become the NDP candidate in the riding held by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange of the United Conservative Party.
Tweedle, a former oilfield administrative worker, sits on The Foundation of Red Deer Public Schools board, is a volunteer with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and was a public school trustee candidate in 2017 and 2021.
“I am so thankful to the members of Red Deer-North for believing in me to take on this challenge at such an important time for our community,” said Tweedle in a statement following her nomination win on Wednesday night. “I want the best for the people here, as I know Rachel Notley does. I am excited to join her team and build better opportunities for the folks in Red Deer-North, and Alberta.
“People in Red Deer-North feel that their UCP MLA has failed them,” says Tweedle, who lives in Rosedale with her husband and three children. “They don’t feel heard, seen, or represented. I want to change that.
“It’s time to move away from a government that has spent the last few years taking Albertans on a never-ending ride of drama, internal fractures, and leadership that is neither dependable nor present.
“I believe without a doubt that Red Deer-North, and all of Alberta, can thrive under the NDP,” she adds.
“I will work to ensure our community has access to quality health care, a world-class public education system, long-term job growth and opportunities for our children, supports and dignity for our most vulnerable, and ensure affordability for families with a competent government steering the ship.”