Alberta Premier Alison Redford has called a Spring provincial election and that means Sherwood Park will be gaining new provincial government representation. With long term, and much respected, MLA Iris Evans retiring and opting not to seek re-election, the field is wide open for new candidates to speak for the citizens of the community.
To help you decide, CityandDale.com is offering a brief bio of the candidates:
First up is former Strathcona County Mayor, Cathy Olesen. She replaces Evans as the Progressive Conservative Party candidate. According to her website, Olesen pledges “to work to for a prosperous sustainable future for Alberta and to ensure that Sherwood Park is a key partner in the provincial government moving forward.”
Liberal Party candidate Dave Anderson will also be in the mix this spring and hopes to bring his experience in the community working as a Strathcona County bus driver to the legislature.
First time candidate Sarah Michelin is young in age, at 26, but has great enthusiasm for her NDP party platform and is dedicated to getting “out there and (to) have discussions with people to see what's going on."
A familiar face to Sherwood Park politics is James Ford, who will be running as an Independent this spring. Ford is a communications professional with experience in municipal, provincial, and federal politics.
Wildrose Party candidate Garnett Genuis brings to the race experience working in the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa as well as experience writing for the Sherwood Park News and the Edmonton Journal.
And finally, the relatively new Alberta Party has a horse in this race - candidate Chris Kuchmak is an elementary school teacher who has lived in Sherwood Park for 28 years. New to politics, Chris is a passionate member of his party and hopes to “give back to his community as an MLA.”
For more information on these candidates and other election happenings, visit Elections Alberta.