The provincial riding of Morinville-St. Albert has a new NDP representative for the upcoming election, after former candidate Shawna Gawreluck announced she was withdrawing from the race to become the riding's next MLA.
Gawreluck announced Saturday afternoon she was dropping out of the race to focus on her family. She is replaced by Natalie Birnie, the executive director for the Acheson Business Association.
“As the election becomes imminent, and campaign work intensifies, I have realized that balancing my family, my job and campaign duties has become unsustainable for me and my loved ones,” Gawreluck said in a statement.
“My family is my everything, and I cannot support them with less than 100% of my commitment and my heart – and they deserve my everything. Right now, our family needs to be my focus and I can no longer give my full efforts to the election.”