David Shepherd won’t run for Alberta NDP leadership, citing health issues

The Alberta NDP’s health critic, long thought to be a contender to take over the party from Rachel Notley, has announced he is not running for leader amid ongoing health issues.

David Shepherd, the two-term MLA for Edmonton-Centre, posted to X Friday, saying his intention had been to run for leader of the Official Opposition.

“It was truly my hope to build from that experience and those connections with people across our province and put forward my vision of how we could build a province and government that truly reflected the incredible diversity, profound strength and progressive values of Albertans themselves,” he wrote, in part.

“Unfortunately, due to ongoing challenges with my health, it’s become clear that I’m currently not in a position to be able to move forward with pursuing the leadership of the Alberta NDP.”


Shepherd went on to thank everyone who had offered support for a potential campaign.

He said he looks forward to continuing to work with his constituents and all Albertans, and wished the best to all those running to replace Notley.

So far, Calgary-Mountain View MLA and Energy Critic Kathleen Ganley and Edmonton-Whitemud have launched their leadership campaigns.

Other names swirling included Edmonton-Glenora MLA Sarah Hoffman, and former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Members of the NDP will choose a new leader on June 22.

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