May 28, 2014 5:54 pm

Alberta NDP leadership race opens June 2

Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason announces he will step down as party leader at the legislature in Edmonton on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2014. Mason says there's a window of opportunity to capture more progressive voters but a fresh face at the helm is needed to do it.

Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The race to pick the new leader of Alberta’s NDP begins June 2.

The party has also announced that nominations will close on Aug. 5, with the leadership convention to be held in Edmonton on Oct. 18.

Each candidate must put down a $5,000 non-refundable deposit and collect 50 signatures from party members.

The candidate spending limit is $100,000.

So far, only Edmonton MLA David Eggen has indicated he will run to replace current leader Brian Mason.

READ MORE: MLA David Eggen intends to run for Alberta NDP leadership

Mason announced in April he is stepping down to put a fresh face on the party that he says is poised to make gains province-wide in the next election.

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