The NDP’s Joe Ceci is poised to keep a seat in Calgary. The former NDP MLA for Calgary-Fort moved to Calgary-Buffalo after his riding was merged with several others. Ceci, who served as finance minister under Rachel Notley, was previously a Calgary city councillor from 1995 to 2010.
Ceci said he feels privileged to be re-elected, adding that as the official Opposition, the NDP will “hold the government’s feet to the fire, make sure we don’t go back in time in policy development.”
He was leading UCP challenger Tom Olsen, a former Calgary Herald journalist and director of media relations under Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach. There were 6,298 “vote anywhere” votes for the riding that will begin being counted on Wednesday.
UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer appeared to have captured the Calgary-Elbow seat following a tight race with incumbent Greg Clark of the Alberta Party. NDP candidate Janet Eremenko came in third place.
Schweitzer said his team has been knocking on doors in the constituency for a year.
“We earned their trust today and it’s a humbling experience,” he said.
Clark was elected in the riding in 2015 and is the former leader of the Alberta Party. Schweitzer is a lawyer and a former UCP leadership candidate.
Another 4,096 “vote anywhere” ballots cast at advance polls will be counted starting Wednesday.
Following a close race in Calgary-Mountain View, NDP candidate Kathleen Ganley held the lead late Tuesday.
Ganley said the party always knew it was going to be an “uphill battle.”
“I’m incredibly proud of my team and the work they have done and what we’ve accomplished,” she said.
Poll results throughout the evening showed Ganley in competition with UCP candidate Jeremy Wong. Another 5,300 “vote anywhere” ballots cast at advance polls will be counted starting Wednesday.
Ganley served as NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s justice minister following the last election. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan was seeking election in the riding formerly represented by previous party leader David Swann.
The race between the NDP’s Anne McGrath and United Conservative Party’s Jason Copping was close in Calgary-Varsity, with Copping leading late Tuesday. The seat was left open after minister of Status of Women and Service Alberta Stephanie McLean resigned.
McGrath was formerly chief of staff to former federal NDP leader Jack Layton; Copping is a professor and small business owner. There will be 4,467 “vote anywhere” votes for the riding to be counted beginning on Wednesday.
Results as of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.
— With files from Meghan Potkins
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