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Political maneuvering before 2019

NDP cabinet ministers took to Twitter Tuesday to announce their plans to run in different ridings ahead of the next provincial election.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley tweeted her intent to run in Calgary-Mountain View, the riding currently held by sole Liberal MLA David Swann.

Swann told reporters Tuesday he’s not planning to run for re-election in 2019.

“It’s time to move on, it’s time to let younger energy and more voices be heard in the Liberal caucus,” he said, noting he has 13 grandchildren. “I’m approaching 70 … although this has been an amazing ride it’s time for someone else to take over.”

Meanwhile Finance Minister Joe Ceci said he will run in Ganley’s riding of Calgary-Buffalo.

The riding was redrawn to include part of Ceci’s current riding of Calgary-Fort.

“For me, I’ve represented three of the communities for a long time: Inglewood, Ramsay and the East Village,” he said, adding he lives in the riding. “I know the area well.”

Ganley noted she doesn’t currently live in Calgary-Mountain View. “I’m very excited to offer a progressive voice to Calgary-Mountain-View … it’s a great place for growing families so we’re excited.”

Swann said Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan is considering his options ahead of the election.

I will be seeking the NDP nomination in Calgary Mountain View in the next election. @joececi has represented his communities for 20 yrs with distinction and I want him to continue to that. 1/2 #ableg #yyc

— Kathleen Ganley (@KathleenGanley) March 13, 2018

I got into politics to give voice to the countless progressives across #yyc who were frustrated with decades of PC gov. It’s been an honour to represent Calgary Buffalo and I hope to continue to be a strong voice on @RachelNotley‘s team in Calgary …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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