Calgary-Buffalo NDP candidate Joe Ceci at his campaign headquarters in downtown Calgary on Monday, April 15, 2019.
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Calgary-Buffalo The NDP’s Joe Ceci has kept his seat in Calgary. The former NDP MLA for Calgary-Fort moved to Calgary-Buffalo after his riding was merged with several others. Ceci, who served as finance minister under Rachel Notley, was previously a Calgary city councillor from 1995 to 2010.Ceci said he feels privileged to be re-elected, adding that as the official Opposition, the NDP will “hold the government’s feet to the fire, make sure we don’t go back in time in policy development.”This morning Ceci was 1,594 votes in front of UCP challenger Tom Olsen, a former Calgary Herald journalist and director of media relations under Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach. However, there are 6,298 “vote anywhere” votes for the riding that will be counted starting Wednesday.Calgary-Elbow
UCP Calgary-Elbow candidate Doug Schweitzer.
UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer has captured the Calgary-Elbow seat following a tight race with incumbent Greg Clark of the Alberta Party. NDP candidate Janet Eremenko came in third place.Schweitzer said his team has been knocking on doors in the constituency for a year.“We earned their trust today and it’s a humbling experience,” he said.Clark was elected in the riding in 2015 and is the former leader of the Alberta Party. Schweitzer is a lawyer and a former UCP leadership candidate.This morning Schweitzer was ahead of Clark by 2,646 votes. Another 4,096 “vote anywhere” ballots cast at advance polls will be counted starting Wednesday.Calgary-Mountain View
Kathleen Ganley in a Postmedia file photo.
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Following a close race in Calgary-Mountain View, NDP candidate Kathleen Ganley holds the lead this morning, with 2,200 votes over the UCP’s Jeremy Wong.Ganley said the party always knew it was going to be an “uphill battle.”“I’m incredibly proud of my team and the work they have done and what we’ve accomplished,” she said.Another 5,300 “vote anywhere” ballots cast at advance polls will be counted starting Wednesday.Ganley served as NDP Leader Rachel Notley’s justice minister following the last election. Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan was seeking election in the riding formerly represented by previous party leader David Swann.Calgary-VarsityThe race between the NDP’s Anne McGrath and the UCP’s Jason Copping was close in Calgary-Varsity, with Copping leading this morning by 790 votes. The seat was left open after minister of Status of Women and Service Alberta Stephanie McLean resigned.McGrath was formerly chief of staff to former federal NDP leader Jack Layton; Copping is a professor and small business owner. There will be 4,467 “vote anywhere” votes for the riding to be counted beginning on Wednesday. — With files from Meghan PotkinsRelated