Ward 4 Councillor Jane Stroud is trying her hand at provincial politics.
Stroud, who’s currently in her third term with Wood Buffalo’s council, will be the NDP’s nominee for the upcoming by-election for the riding of Fort McMurray – Conklin – after being approached by the party. The seat was left vacant after former MLA Brian Jean announced he was stepping away from politics.
She tells Mix News she wanted to join the NDP party because many of their priorities align with her’s.
“The NDP’s have done a lot for our region and I’m sure we can do a lot more. We’ve made some inroads.”
The Willow Square Continuing Care Centre, the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre’s new helipad, and work being done on Composite High School were just a couple of provincial projects Stroud highlighted.
She’s also planning on speaking with people across the RMWB to see what priorities and concerns they want to see be addressed.
“I want to fight for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, I want to be a strong voice, and make sure we get the services and infrastructure our region need.”
The municipal government act is also expected to be a big topic throughout the election, with the region needing to lower its tax rate from 18.3/1 to 5/1. Multiple UCP candidates want to see the Bills be repealed, however, Stroud believes the best course of action is to work with the provincial government.
“It will be something we have to work through – I sit on a committee that works with industry in this regard.”
Though it is not official yet, Stroud says the deadline has passed for other nominees meaning she’ll be named as the candidate on May 10.
Meanwhile, Stroud joins Phil Meagher as municipal politicians looking to join the Alberta legislature.