This election put 25 new faces into the legislature: 12 Tories
(nine in ridings already held by the party and three in newly created
ridings); 11 Liberals (all in ridings taken from the PCs); and two
New Democrats (both seats taken from the Tories); 1 Alberta Alliance
member (in a seat taken from the Tories).
Neil Brown (Calgary-Nose
Brown will be the first MLA in this new riding, created in the 2004
redistribution. He is a lawyer, specializing in civil litigation
and environmental law.
George Groeneveld (Highwood)
Groeneveld won the PC nomination in this riding after Don Tannas
decided not to run again. He was a farmer, and a director of the
Alberta Wheat Pool.
Art Johnston (Calgary-Hays)
Johnston is the first MLA for this new riding, created in the 2004
redistribution. He is a retired police officer and made an unsuccessful
run for city council in 2001.
Ron Liepert (Calgary-West)
Liepert won the PC nomination when Karen Kryczka decided not to
run again. He worked in the telecommunications business, both for
Telus and as a consultant. He was former premier Peter Lougheed's
Fred Lindsay (Stony
Lindsay won the PC nomination in the riding after Seniors Minister
Stan Woloshyn retired. Lindsay, who has worked as a surveyor, farm
manager and community relations consultant, was the mayor of Wabamun
for two terms.
Leonard Mitzel (Cypress-Medicine
Mitzel won the PC nomination after Environment Minister Lorne Taylor
decided to retire. Mitzel, a farmer, was a councillor and reeve
of the County of 40 Mile.
Ted Morton (Foothills-Rocky
Morton, a university professor, was elected a senator-in-waiting
in 1998, and is the first MLA in this new riding, created in the
2004 redistribution. He is one of the authors of the "firewall"
document that recommended Alberta have its own police force and
Frank Oberle (Peace
Oberle won the PC nomination after Gary Friedel decided not to run
again. Oberle, a forester, was on the Peace River town council.
Ray Prins (Lacombe-Ponoka)
Prins received the PC nomination after Judy Gordon and Intergovernmental
Affairs Minister Halvar Jonson - whose old ridings were combined
into this one - decided not to run again. Prins, a farmer, was the
reeve of Lacombe County.
Dave Rodney (Calgary-Lougheed)
Rodney, the only Canadian to twice climb Mount Everest, won the
PC nomination after Marlene Graham decided not to run again. He
has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and motivational speaker.
George Rogers (Leduc-Beaumont-Devon)
Rogers beat MLA Albert Klapstein for the Tory nomination. The former
mayor of Leduc has worked as an accountant and municipal administrator.
Len Webber (Calgary-Foothills)
Director of the Webber Academy, for gifted students, Webber won
the PC nomination in the riding after Finance Minister Pat Nelson
decided not to run again.
Bharat Agnihotri (Edmonton-Ellerslie)
Agnihotri won the Liberal nomination after Debby Carlson stepped
down to run federally. The realtor maintains the riding, which Carlson
had held since its creation in 1993, for the Liberals.
Dan Backs (Edmonton-Manning)
Backs, a labour market analyst, defeated Tory Tony Vandermeer, who
kept a low profile. Backs wins back the riding for the Liberals,
who held it until 2001.
Bill Bonko (Edmonton-Decore)
Bonko won the Liberal nomination for this seat when Bill Bonner
decided not to run again. Bonko, who works in the circulation department
of the Edmonton Journal, was a school trustee.
Harry Chase (Calgary-Varsity)
Chase, a teacher, won in the riding that had been held by Energy
Minister Murray Smith, who didn't run in this election. Chase is
a former Alberta chair of Friends of Medicare.
Mo Elsalhy (Edmonton-McClung)
Elsalhy, a pharmacist, beat Economic Development Minister Mark Norris,
who was thought to have leadership aspirations. Norris defeated
the then-Liberal leader by about 1,000 votes in 2001.
Jack Flaherty (St.
Flaherty, who was a teacher, defeated Tory Mary O'Neill. O'Neill
first won the riding in 1997 by 16 votes.
Chris Kibermanis (Edmonton-Castle
Downs) Kibermanis defeated Tory Thomas Lukaszuk by nine votes,
and there will be a recount. He has worked in construction and was
drafted by the Winnipeg Jets.
Weslyn Mather (Edmonton-Mill
Mather, an assistant principal, beat out the Conservative candidate,
who teaches at her school, for the seat. She won the Liberal nomination
when Don Massey decided not to run again.
Bruce Miller (Edmonton-Glenora)
Miller, a United Church minister, won this hotly contested riding.
He defeated NDP candidate Larry Booi, the former head of the Alberta
Teachers' Association, and Tory incumbent Drew Hutton.
Rick Miller (Edmonton-Rutherford)
Miller beat Tory Ian McClelland, reversing the results of the 2001
election. McClelland, a former Reform MP, won that race by about
600 votes. Miller, a businessman, is a former Liberal party president.
Bridget Pastoor (Lethbridge-East)
Pastoor won the Liberal nomination after former leader Ken Nicol
stepped aside to run federally. Pastoor, a nurse, was a former alderman.
David Swann (Calgary-Mountain
Swann, a former medical officer of health fired for his pro-Kyoto
stance, defeated three-term Tory Mark Hlady. The riding has also
been held by the NDP and the Social Credit.
Dave Taylor (Caglary-Currie)
Taylor, a radio talk show host, beat incumbent Tory Jon Lord, who
won the riding by more than 4,000 votes in 2001. The riding had
been held by the Progressive Conservatives since its creation in
Maurice Tougas (Edmonton-Meadowlark)
Tougas defeated Tory Bob Maskell in this riding. He is a freelance
David Eggen (Edmonton-Calder)
Eggen, a teacher, had been knocking on doors in the riding for two
years. He defeated Tory Brent Rathgeber, who won by about 500 votes
Ray Martin (Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview)
Martin, a former leader of the party, defeated Tory Julius Yankowski.
Martin was also a school trustee.
Paul Hinman (Cardston-Taber-Warner)
Hinman, a farmer and feedlot owner, beat Tory Broyce Jacobs. The
riding had been held by the Conservatives since 1975.
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