Marilyn North Peigan has won the nomination of the Alberta NDP in the riding of Calgary-Klein, beating two others in a vote that took place on Saturday afternoon.
North Peigan is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran, a security specialist and has served on the Calgary Police Commission, she recently ran in Calgary Municipal Election in Ward 7.
In a series of tweets by NDP leader Rachel Notley, the new Calgary Klein candidate states, "Treaty Seven is my ancestral land, Mohkinstsis is my home, and Calgary-Klein is where my wonderful daughter was born and raised. I have been lucky to call Calgary & Calgary Klein home for many years of my life."
If elected, North Peigan would be the first member of the Blackfoot Confederacy to be elected as an MLA in the province of Alberta.
In another tweet, North Peigan is quoted, "We are a diverse, multicultural area, full of strong resilient Calgarians from all places and walks of life, who are committed to helping one another and making Alberta’s Future brighter, starting right here in Calgary-Klein."
North Peigan will be up against current Calgary-Klein MLA Jeremy Nixon. Nixon was acclaimed as the UCP candidate in the next election on March 24th.
The other candidates running in the nomination election were Heather Eddy, and Mattie McMillan.