Two unnamed potential candidates are said to be vying for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party. They’ve got until 5 p.m. Friday to submit nomination papers that include 100 signatures from valid party members.
After the sudden and unexpected departure of Nolan Crouse Thursday, the field currently has no candidates. However, Alberta Liberal Party president Karen Sevcik said that is about to change.
Sevcik said in a phone interview that the mayor of St. Albert had met all of the criteria.
“We had checked all of his signatures. He had gone through the vetting and the interviews … he was a fully fledged candidate in our minds and I have to admit we were a bit surprised by his announcement.”
The plan is to have the nominations of the two candidates in by Friday evening, then spend the weekend vetting the papers they will have submitted.
Sevcik said the party has seen increased sales of $10 memberships likely linked to the potential leadership bids. “From what we’ve been seeing, our membership sales have been increasing,” Sevcik said. “What they’re probably doing is selling memberships, then having people sign – which is totally legitimate and legal – and so we’re having quite a bump in our membership sales at the moment.”
Once the vetting process is completed, Sevcik said the plan is to announce the two candidates Monday morning. She admitted both could step forward on social media over the weekend.
“There is some requirement with Elections Alberta that before they go public they have to let Elections Alberta know that they’re running, because Elections Alberta has some rules and regulations in regard to leadership financing. That’s particularly what they’re interested in.”
On top of having 100 valid signatures from party members in good standing, the other entry requirement is $5,000.