New Democratic Party filling roster

Alberta’s New Democratic Party is quickly filling out its roster with a mix of new and familiar faces for the next provincial election.

Alberta’s New Democratic Party is quickly filling out its roster with a mix of new and familiar faces for the next provincial election.

All NDP candidates for the seven Central Alberta constituencies are expected to be in place by April 7.

Taking another run at provincial politics are Doug Hart in Lacombe-Ponoka and Patricia Norman in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. Both unsuccessfully ran in 2012.

In Olds-Didsbury, Glenn Norman was recently acclaimed as the NDP candidate.

Expected to be acclaimed today are Hannah Schlamp for Rocky-Rimbey-Sundre and Emily Shannon for Drumheller-Stettler.

Karen Reay is seeking the Red Deer North nomination while Barb Miller intends to run in Red Deer South. Both slots will be decided on April 7.

While the NDP are nearly finished picking candidates, some of the other provincial parties still have some blank spaces among the seven Central Alberta ridings.

So far, the Liberals have only named Michael Dawe as a candidate in Red Deer North.

The Alberta Party has two candidates in place — Krystal Kromm in Red Deer North and Serge Gingras in Red Deer South.

The Wildrose are nearly finished, with only slots remaining in Red Deer South and Lacombe-Ponoka.

Last weekend, the Progressive Conservatives made Christine Moore their choice in Red Deer North and Jack Hayden in Drumheller-Stettler.

This weekend, the PCs will pick a candidate in Lacombe-Ponoka, filling the party’s final opening in Central Alberta. In the running are incumbent MLA Rod Fox, Peter DeWit, Wayne Rempel and Larry Henkleman.

The provincial election is expected to be called in the coming days.

Confirmed candidates:

Red Deer North

Alberta Party Krystal Kromm

Liberal Michael Dawe

PC Christine Moore

Wildrose Norm Wiebe

Red Deer South

Alberta Party Serge Gingras

PC Darcy Mykytyshyn

Drumheller-Stettler

PC Jack Hayden

Wildrose Rick Strankman

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

PC Kerry Towle

Wildrose Don MacIntyre

Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills

NDP: Glenn Norman

PC Wade Bearchell

Wildrose Nathan Cooper

Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Independent Joe Anglin

PC Tammy Cote

Wildrose Jason Nixon

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