Doug Hart, the NDP candidate for the Lacombe Ponoka riding in last May’s provincial election will now be running as the NDP candidate for the new Red Deer-Lacombe riding in the Oct. 19 federal election.
Hart said in a brief interview that he had won the nomination through a vote taken among the membership of the NDP association for the riding. The candidacy was also contested by Katherine Swampy of Maskwacis.
It was not clear which candidate received how many votes.
Hart said there were two more requirements for his candidacy to be sealed officially: 100 signatures from supporters and the official approval from NDP headquarters.
He said he didn’t know if the green light would come personally from the NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, but that party leadership’s approval was needed to make his candidacy official.
Blaine Calkins is running again for as the candidate for the Conservative Party while Liberal Party will be represented in the riding by clergyman Jeff Rock.