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Fitzpatrick earns Lethbridge East NDP nomination

Maria Fitzpatrick addresses the Lethbridge East NDP riding association after earning the provincial nomination. Global News

LETHBRIDGE – With rumours swirling around a potential provincial election this spring, the Lethbridge East NDP has tabbed its future candidate.

Maria Fitzpatrick earned just over 65 per cent of the vote from party members during the nomination meeting Wednesday at the Italian Canadian club, holding off fellow candidates Tom Moffatt and Kris Hodgson.

“It means that the people of Lethbridge East in our riding association have faith in me,” said Fitzpatrick minutes after earning the nomination. “And I will not let them down. I’ve already been out on the streets going door to door.”

Fitzpatrick has worked in corrections for 33 years but now plans to leave her job to focus on the upcoming election. With the provincial economy suffering due to a drop in oil prices, she says her focus is on protecting funding for the public sector.

“We want people to be secure, we want people to have decent income, we don’t want to see the public service being attacked. We want to see health care being taken care of and that does not seem to be what the current government is doing,” said Fitzpatrick.

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PC Bridget Pastoor is the current MLA for Lethbridge East, although she has announced she will not be seeking re-election the next time Albertans go to the polls.

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