Lawyer Michelle Baer wants to be the NDP's candidate for the Red Deer South constituency in the next provincial election. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Michelle Baer nominated as NDP candidate for Red Deer-South

Baer beat out Kyle Johnston and Barb Miller to win the nomination.

Lawyer Michelle Baer has been selected to represent the Alberta NDP in the riding of Red Deer-South for the 2023 provincial election.

The party had a nomination vote on Saturday evening and Baer beat out Kyle Johnston and Barb Miller to win the nomination.

“Red Deer is a very unique and special place, and I am so grateful that this community has put their faith in me to be their representative in the next election,” said Baer in a press release.

“Red Deer is the third-largest city in the province, yet is often stuck between being considered a ‘big city’ or a rural area.

“Red Deer deserves a strong voice in government to represent the distinctive issues this area faces. I’m excited for the chance to do the hard work Red Deer needs and deserves.”

As the City Solicitor for 11 years, Baer manages the City of Red Deer’s legal and legislative departments and provides legal and procedural advice to the city departments and City Council.

A lawyer by trade, Baer is the City Solicitor for Red Deer providing legal and procedural advice to City Council and support for city operations. Prior to this role, Baer was a lawyer in private practice at Chapman Reibeek LLP.

Since 2015, Baer has also been volunteering her time to sponsor refugees and support newcomers to Canada. So far, Baer has organized the sponsorship of two families and continues to support these families as they integrate into the Red Deer community.