Edmonton City Councillor Tony Caterina to run for Alberta PCs

WATCH ABOVE: Tony Caterina confirmed today he’s hoping to make the move from municipal to provincial politics. Tom Vernon explains.

EDMONTON — City Councillor Tony Caterina announced Thursday he will run for the Alberta Progressive Conservatives in the Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview riding.

The Ward 7 councillor was first elected in 2007.

Premier Jim Prentice was at the announcement on Thursday.

“In his short term as premier so far, I’ve seen the leadership from Jim Prentice that drove me to become interested in representing my constituents at the provincial level,” said Caterina.

“He’s brought forward a reasonable and balanced approach to his decisions, and I’m proud to be the new PC Alberta candidate in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview.”

While Prentice hasn’t made the election call official, it is widely speculated that Albertans will head to the polls this spring.

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“Tony has represented his constituents strongly over the last three terms at the city level,” said the premier.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience, and I look forward to seeing what he can accomplish sitting around our caucus table.”

Caterina will remain active on Edmonton city council but won’t draw a pay cheque once the writ is dropped.

The city councillor will face off against NDP MLA Deron Bilous.

Student-at-law Harman Kandola, who already announced he hoped to seek the PC nomination in the same riding, will move to another constituency.

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