September 29, 2014 12:35 pm
Updated: September 29, 2014 2:38 pm

Premier Prentice to run in Calgary-Foothills in October byelection


ABOVE: Premier Prentice announces the riding he plans to run in, during a byelection in October.

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says byelections to fill four vacant seats in the legislature will be held October 27th.

He made the announcement during a news conference on Monday, during which he revealed which riding he will run in.

Prentice says he plans to run in the constituency of Calgary-Foothills, which became vacant on Monday when Independent Len Webber stepped down to run federally.

Progressive Conservative Ken Hughes also announced on Monday that he would be stepping down.

Hughes, a former Conservative MP and rookie PC member of the legislature, said in a news release he is leaving his constituency of Calgary-West to help Prentice pursue his goal of government revitalization.

WATCH: Premier Prentice introduces three other byelection candidates

Other Tory byelection candidates include police Sgt. Mike Ellis in Calgary-West, one-time school board chairman Gordon Dirks in Calgary-Elbow and former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel in Edmonton-Whitemud.

Dirks and Mandel were brought into cabinet by Prentice earlier this month as education and health ministers, respectively.

– With files from The Canadian Press



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