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