A Sturgeon County woman will be putting her name forward in the next provincial election. 

On Saturday (Apr. 30), former Sturgeon County councillor Karen Shaw was voted in as the NDP nominee for Morinville-St. Albert.

Shaw first got into politics in 2007 when she ran for Sturgeon County council. She explained she wanted to see change and figured the best way to make that happen was to get involved herself.

She was planning on stepping away from politics and didn't run in the latest municipal election before deciding to set her sights on the provincial government.

"I don't like where the province is heading, and I thought that if I had no right to complain if I don't speak up," she said. 

As the area's new NDP representative, Shaw explained putting Alberta's Industrial Heartland on the world stage, diversifying the economy and protecting public health care are her top priorities.

"This road down the path to privatisation is one that is a very slippery slope, and we seem to be heading in that direction more and more every day. I've heard loud and clear at the doors when I went door-knocking that people do not want to be a Texas; they want the security."

Shaw added she trusts NDP leader Rachel Notley and believes she is the best leader for the province.

Alberta's next provincial election should be held in the spring of 2023.